LONDON (AFP) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho advised his players not to get carried away after they established a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League by beating Arsenal 2-0.
Eden Hazard, from the penalty spot, and Diego Costa, with a late lob, gave Chelsea victory on a sunny afternoon at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, leaving Mourinho’s side with 19 points from a possible 21.
Chelsea have only dropped points in a 1-1 draw at defending champions Manchester City, but despite the imperious quality of some of their football, Mourinho warned that there was still a long way to go. “The start of the season is good, but it’s just seven matches and the beginning of October,” said the Portuguese.
“If you tell me in February we are in this situation, I say great, but it’s not February or March. It’s the beginning of October, so (there is) a long way to go.
“But the reality is that we have a good team. We can adapt to the different moments of the game. “We are good when we have the ball, we are good on the counter-attack, we feel comfortable when we have to come back and defend.”
An incident-packed first half saw Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois forced off after injuring his head in a collision with Alexis Sanchez, before Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shoved Mourinho during a touchline confrontation.