Jose Mourinho would not be surprised if Chelsea go 10 games unbeaten if they defend as they did in the goalless draw at Tottenham.
Mourinho left Diego Costa on the bench at White Hart Lane, starting Eden Hazard as a false nine, but the Blues boss said the decision was tactical and that he had no problem with the striker’s reaction to being left out.
Mourinho did not think of turning to Costa in search of a goal which would have secured just a second away win of the season.
“I was looking for the winner, but without him,” said Mourinho, who sent on Kenedy and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the dying moments of the match.
“I was tempted not to touch the team, because the team was dangerous. Why change if we think we cannot improve?”
Mourinho saw reasons for optimism following the performance and praised Hazard as Chelsea’s “false nine”.
The Belgian forced Hugo Lloris into a second-half save which denied Chelsea victory.
Mourinho expects John Terry (ankle) and long-term injury victim Thibaut Courtois (knee) to be back for next Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth, along with new father Loic Remy and injured pair Ramires and Radamel Falcao.
“The message to every one of my players – not (just) Diego, to every one of my players – when we play as a team and when, especially, we defend as a team, the team is much better,” Mourinho added.
“Playing the way we played, I wouldn’t be surprised if in the next 10 matches we don’t lose one.
“For us the result is not what we want, but the performance is good.
“I think we can look to December with enthusiasm. I’m convinced at the end of December we’ll be in a different position to where we are now and we will shorten clearly the distance to the top teams.”