Jose Mourinho believes Tottenham are excelling as they are under no pressure and are allowed to work under “great conditions”.
The Barclays Premier League champions travel across the capital 10 points and 10 places worse off than their fifth-placed rivals, who last won the title in 1961 and whose most recent trophy was the 2008 League Cup.
Chelsea have one win in 10 at White Hart Lane and their most recent trip, on New Year’s Day, exposed the frailties which have become all too familiar for Mourinho this season as Spurs won 5-3.
“(There is) no pressure on them, like it is in the other four or five top teams to reach important positions,” Mourinho said.
“Nobody speaks about them as title contenders (erm, sorry Jose…), like they speak about Man City, Man United.
“They have great conditions without the same pressure other clubs have to do magnificent work.
“They lose a couple of matches and nothing happens,” adds Mourinho on Spurs, who have lost once in the league so far. “They are in the Europa League, and, in the group phase, to be fair, nobody cares about Europa League.
“They go smoothly, step by step. They build a team. They bring in young players. They give conditions, without any kind of pressure, for the young players to develop in the team.
“The club is powerful to decide, ‘We don’t sell, we don’t sell, we don’t sell’, and to decide, ‘We can invest and we can bring in this one or that one’.
“Of course they need a great manager, which they have. Of course they need good players, which they have. But the conditions are very good.”