Mourinho confident of final-day flourish

Jose Mourinho is confident that Chelsea will rediscover their motivation and best form for the last-day title celebrations against Sunderland.

The Blues will lift the Premier League trophy following Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge and Mourinho says the recent dip after clinching the title in early May should be forgotten against the Black Cats.

Defeat against West Brom was only their third in the league all season.

But if they fail to beat Sunderland it will be three games without victory – Chelsea’s longest winless run all season.

The Chelsea boss said: “When you reach the objective it is hard to keep the players at this level; they are competitive animals.

“The education I give to the guys and the way they grow up is by doing anything to try to reach an objective. It is a big like predators when they hunt, after that they relax a little bit.

“But last match at home where normally we get positive results and it is big day to get our hands on the cup it so I think they guys will try everything to win the match.”

And Mourinho said there was an added incentive to avoid defeat, as doing so would mean they beat Manchester United’s Premier League era record of just five defeats in all competitions during a season.

That feat was achieved in 1998/99 and the Portuguese said improving on it would be a “nice record” to have.

“Maybe it helps me to motivate the troops,” Mourinho added.

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