Saturday 16 December 2017

Chelsea set their sights on record Premier League dominance

Mourinho: 'It’s become something normal for us this season to know that we are top of the league'
Mourinho: 'It’s become something normal for us this season to know that we are top of the league'

Matt Law

Chelsea are on course to become the most dominant team in Premier League history by clinching this season's title.

Jose Mourinho's side have spent the entire season either top or joint top of the table and can set a record for the number of days spent at the summit.

Chelsea have officially been first since August 30, meaning they can set a record of going 274 days at the top of the table if they stay there until the end of the season.

Tottenham are the only other team to have briefly been first, as they had a better goal difference than Chelsea after just two games.

Manchester United hold the record for the most number of days at the top of the Premier League, having spent 262 days in the lead in 1993-94, which Chelsea can overtake on May 13.

"It's become something normal for us this season to know that we are top of the league," said Mourinho. "To win the league we need five victories and one draw."

Chelsea hold the Premier League record for the most number of points during a season after winning the title with 95 in 2004-05. They are seven points clear, heading into Sunday's derby trip to Queens Park Rangers.


With QPR fighting for their lives at the foot of the table, Joey Barton believes the local rivalry is a bigger incentive for the Loftus Road club than Mourinho's men.

"It is probably more of a derby for us than them, they have bigger fish to fry," said Barton. "They have the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal on their minds because that's the kind of company they keep. But for us it's huge because of the predicament we're in."

Meanwhile, Chelsea have made a bid to sign Japanese forward Yoshinori Muto, according to FC Tokyo president Naoki Ogane. It is understood the interest in the 22-year-old is genuine and pre-dates the club's record sponsorship deal with Yokohama Rubber.

Chelsea announced a shirt sponsorship deal with Yokohama worth £200m in February and are also considering going on a post-season tour to Japan.

But while the signing of Muto would no doubt generate huge interest in Japan, Chelsea have always insisted that they will never sign a player to simply sell shirts.

Chelsea had a sponsorship deal with Samsung stretching back to 2006, before the new agreement with Yokohama that starts next season, but have never signed a Korean player.

Muto, who graduated from university only last month, scored 13 J-League goals last season. He has already notched up three in five this term, and has netted once for Japan.

Japanese sources claim Chelsea have made a bid of around £4m. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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