Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side not taking Sunderland lightly

Chelsea's Manager Jose Mourinho during a training session. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Chelsea's Manager Jose Mourinho during a training session. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
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CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed the possibility of complacency creeping in ahead of playing Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

The Blues are the runaway leaders in the Premier League and are unbeaten after 12 matches in the league, 19 in all competitions this season.

Mourinho’s side beat Schalke 5-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League and now travel to Sunderland seeking to consolidate their position in the league when the sides meet on Saturday teatime.

It was the Black Cats who ended Mourinho’s 77-game unbeaten home Premier League run in April, which remains Chelsea’s most recent domestic defeat.

Chelsea are being tipped to run away with the title, but Mourinho is adamant his squad will not get ahead of themselves.

“Complacency is not a risk we have,” Mourinho said.

“It’s not a profile of this group in this moment.

“We have all the other risks.

“The risks that belong to football - the risk of a bad period, injuries, unlucky matches, other teams growing up and becoming stronger.

“We were winning 5-0 against Schalke and (in) minute 88 Eden Hazard made a sprint to defend.

“There was a clear evolution and I don’t think the group as a group can be complacent.”