London: Jose Mourinho refuses to accept Chelsea are favourites to win the Premier League as the Blues bid to maintain pole position against struggling Fulham on Saturday. Mourinho's team hold a one-point advantage over second-placed Arsenal and, with third placed Manchester City in League Cup final action against Sunderland on Sunday, the Blues have an opportunity to pull clear of one of their main title rivals.
Chelsea will make the short trip across west London expecting to take all three points, given Fulham's position at the bottom of the Premier League and Chelsea's seven-game unbeaten record at Craven Cottage. But Mourinho is adamant City, currently three points behind Chelsea, remain the leading candidates to win the title because they have a game in hand on the leaders. "We are top of the table because Man City have one match in hand. If they win that match, we are not top of the table," Mourinho said.
Mourinho also believes Chelsea's hectic schedule, which sees his team back in action just three days after a gruelling Champions League draw against Galatasaray in Turkey, could work against them if fatigue starts to take hold. "We all prefer to play game after game after game, but we all want to play game after game with conditions to recover, with equal conditions for every team, and no sense that a team has a privilege in the choices, and every team in the same country has the same privilege to be a little bit protected in relation to European matches," Mourinho said.