Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits he may have to retract his comment about Leicester City not being Premier League contenders after their storming first half to the season.
Mourinho said previously that he didn’t believe Claudio Ranieri’s men could last the pace at the top but now ahead of their meeting this weekend, he is having second thoughts.
“They deserve to be where they are, let’s be honest,” Mourinho told his pre-match media conference on Friday.
“I said a couple of weeks ago I didn’t believe they could be champions, maybe I have to think twice before I say that. To be top in September after a beautiful start is one thing, to be there in December is a completely different story.
‘It would be something magnificent, something to impress the football world but sometimes these things can happen, so why not?”
Chelsea are having a very difficult season and find themselves in the bottom half of the table in 14th position.
Mourinho said he still has the backing of club owner Roman Abramovich and believes they can still achieve a top-four finish despite being 14 points off the pace.
“If we can get a run of four or five consecutive victories, because none of the other clubs are doing that, maybe we have a chance to make up the distance and dream of finishing fourth. While mathematically it’s possible we have to try.”