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jose crystal clear on blues' title bid

Jose Mourinho wants champions-elect Chelsea to confirm the Premier League title with victory over Crystal Palace tomorrow.

The Blues enter this weekend's fixtures 13 points clear and needing three points to seal a first championship in five years.

Mourinho said: "We need two or three points to be champions. Let's say three to make sure we don't depend on goal difference.

"We need a victory or we need three points with three draws.


"Obviously we want to finish as soon as possible. If we can do it at home, better.

"If we can do on Sunday, even better. That's what we have in our minds."

Chelsea, who are on course for a second trophy of the season after winning the Capital One Cup, have summer plans to solve Costa's hamstring issues.

"We are preparing a good working situation for him during the holiday period where he can mix holidays with work with our people," Mourinho added.

Didier Drogba has led the Chelsea line in the absence of Costa and Remy and on Wednesday night scored the equalising goal at Leicester for his fourth league goal of the season.

"Great contribution," said Mourinho of Drogba, who is 37 and out of contract this summer.

"Important goals he scored in the Capital One Cup, important goals, not a huge amount of them, but in the Premier League.

"We have time to speak, we have time to analyse (Drogba's future). We have time to know his feelings."

Mourinho next term expects a renewed title challenge from Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City, with Liverpool and others not far behind.

"For next season I can imagine that top squads with a few new players, every one of the title contenders is going to be very, very strong," Mourinho added.

"In the Premier League, when the season starts, if you want to be champion, you have the risk also to finish fifth. I think next season is going to be the same.

"When I start next pre-season I would say I want to fight for the title but there is a big risk of not even finishing in the top four.

"Let's go step by step and the first objective for next season will be to finish top four."

Asked why Chelsea are so far ahead, Mourinho preferred not to dwell on the perceived failures of Chelsea's rivals.


He said: "Only one (team) can win. People many, many times speak about failure. I don't think we can speak about failure.

"We can just congratulate the winner, especially when the winner is a clear winner, congratulate and go for it next season.

"I don't like to listen about failure, because this is a very competitive championship."

Mourinho has no celebration planned if Chelsea do succeed this weekend.

"I think I go home," he insisted.

"In this moment we have nothing prepared, we have nothing organised, so normally I finish the game and I go home."