Jose Mourinho described Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Stoke City on Monday night as an “amazing” performance from his team, which is currently first in the Premier League, three points ahead of second-place Manchester City, heading into the crucial Christmas period. Asked to comment on the performance of captain John Terry, who scored the Blues’ first goal after 90 seconds, the Portuguese coach replied: "All of them were amazing. Every one of them did their job perfectly. We made some changes to the normal way of playing, to adapt to playing in such a difficult stadium.”
He added: "It was a fantastic performance. It was one of those matches where the victory means more than just the three points. You can feel the right spirit, the right atmosphere and what the players are ready to do; to try and win the championship. I'm very pleased, as we won in one of the most difficult places to win."
As Sky Sports points out, the last three times Chelsea spent Christmas Day in first-place, the Blues have gone on to win the Premier League. Also, seven of the last 10 teams to win the title have been top on Dec. 25. "What we did in the past isn't important," Mourinho said. "This season, we have been top of the league since day one and we are there because we are playing really well. We have been the best team, that's why we are top of the league. Our Christmas fixtures are more difficult than any other one. Three away matches at Stoke, Southampton and Tottenham, and one at home to West Ham, who are doing amazingly well."