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Mourinho: This is Chelsea’s moment of truth

The Blues have eight games remaining, needing five wins to claim the title, and the Portuguese believes that his squad are relaxed enough to see through the crucial period

Jose Mourinho has endorsed his squad ahead of the decisive final games of the season as Chelsea look to add the Premier League to their League Cup win.

The Blues hold a seven-point advantage over second-place Arsenal following their narrow 2-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday and have a game in hand on the chasing pack.

Chelsea need 15 points from their remaining eight games and their manager believes that his squad have the mental fortitude to secure the club’s first title since 2010.

He told reporters: “Mentality is important because now is the moment where everything is decided – for relegation, the Champions League places and the title.

“You can do amazingly well for seven, eight, nine months but the moment of truth always arrives and the moment of truth for us is get the wins we need to be champions.

“So to be mentally strong but, at the same time, be comfortable with the ­situation is very important.

“I think people are ­comfortable. I look at the players and see people who are relaxed to play these last two months – to fight for the title is the best motivation you can have in the game.”

Chelsea travel to QPR on Sunday before hosting Manchester United and visiting Arsenal later in April.

The Blues have eight games remaining, needing five wins to claim the title, and the Portuguese believes that his squad are relaxed enough to see through the crucial period

Jose Mourinho has endorsed his squad ahead of the decisive final games of the season as Chelsea look to add the Premier League to their League Cup win.

The Blues hold a seven-point advantage over second-place Arsenal following their narrow 2-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday and have a game in hand on the chasing pack.

Chelsea need 15 points from their remaining eight games and their manager believes that his squad have the mental fortitude to secure the club’s first title since 2010.

He told reporters: “Mentality is important because now is the moment where everything is decided – for relegation, the Champions League places and the title.

“You can do amazingly well for seven, eight, nine months but the moment of truth always arrives and the moment of truth for us is get the wins we need to be champions.

“So to be mentally strong but, at the same time, be comfortable with the ­situation is very important.

“I think people are ­comfortable. I look at the players and see people who are relaxed to play these last two months – to fight for the title is the best motivation you can have in the game.”

Chelsea travel to QPR on Sunday before hosting Manchester United and visiting Arsenal later in April.

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