Jose Mourinho claims Chelsea could have played for another two hours at Tottenham on Sunday and still kept a clean sheet.
After a woeful start to the season, the Blues have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks and Mourinho claimed they “performed very well” in Sunday’s goalless draw at White Hart Lane.
Mourinho is hoping his players can produce another positive result against Bournemouth on Saturday and extend their unbeaten run to a season’s best of four games.
“The month of December can be a good one; we play four at home and play two of the top teams – Man United and Leicester – away,” said Mourinho.
“If we can get a good result tomorrow it will be four in a row unbeaten and we haven’t had that for a long time.
“We performed very well at Tottenham. We could have played another couple of hours and not conceded a goal.”
Mourinho is refusing to take struggling Bournemouth lightly, however, and insists they deserve “respect”.
“Bournemouth did brilliant work last season. The Premier League is different but they believe in themselves, and they deserve respect,” he said.
Defender Gary Cahill this week signed a new four-year deal and Mourinho was happy to see the centre-half cement his future to Stamford Bridge.
“It’s good for him and the club,” Mourinho added. “He’s an important player for us and one who is always involved.
“Gary Cahill is a stable man and a stable player, there is a big stability in his performances. That’s what we need.”