After his first win at Villa Park -- coinciding with Hull City's surprise draw at the Etihad, no less -- you might have expected Jose Mourinho to be a little more comfortable with Chelsea's position at the top of the table. But that would require The Special One being happy and cheerful, and that's just not going to happen right now:
In this country every team can take points. I’m not surprised but I don’t care about it. When you are top of the league you don’t need the other teams to lose points. We have to focus on ourselves.
In another country I would say [the lead] was fantastic, but in this country I would say it’s nothing. Every game is difficult, anything can happen. Seven points means seven points. We have 14 matches to go, 42 points to play for. We have a lead of seven and I think it’s nice.
Let’s try to win the next game. If we do we will have a seven- point lead with 13 matches to go. Let’s go step by step.
Joking aside, these are wise words. Chelsea are in very strong position right now, but the seven-point gap that's opened up between us and Manchester City only took four games to develop and could close again just as fast. After 20 matches, we were level in all respects, and we shouldn't get carried away with so much more football left to play. Things can change very quickly, after all.
But if it stays this way through May, I'm sure the manager will be basking in his triumph as much as the next man.