Jose Mourinho has called on his players to produce a positive result against Bournemouth on Saturday and extend their unbeaten run to a season’s best of four games.
The Premier League champions enter Saturday evening’s Premier League clash against the Cherries in 14th place in the table, 12 points adrift of the top four.
But after a extremely poor start to the season, the Blues have shown signs in recent weeks that their form might be slowly turning around.
Mourinho said in the press conference to preview the game: ‘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.
“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.”
He added: “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 he has a huge amount of respect for what they have achieved.
“Bournemouth did brilliant work last season. The Premier League is different but they believe in themselves, and they deserve respect,” he said.
The club were this week boosted by the news that defender Gary Cahill has 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.”