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Saturday 10 December 2016

Mourinho's thirst for glory not quenched yet this season

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Tony Pulis

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's thirst for victory remains undiminished despite clinching the Premier League title.

The Blues play at West Brom tonight, with Mourinho eager for a 26th win of the season.

"We all need to respect the game and play for the best result. We are going to try (for) the maximum possible points," said Mourinho, whose side play Sunderland on May 24.

"I'm happy that West Bromwich Albion is also champion of their league and they don't need points. So no pressure for us, no pressure for them.

"But for sure they want to win the last game at home and for sure we want to try the maximum points."

Chelsea entered the weekend's fixtures with an 11-point advantage and Mourinho is keen to reach the 90-point mark with maximum points from the final two games.

"To be champion is to be champion, one point more, one point less," he said.

"But the reality the maximum points possible, the better. The more distance you have to the second, the better. And we are going to try."

West Brom chief Tony Pulis has tipped Mourinho for Manager of the Year and labelled the Chelsea boss "relentless."

The reigning Manager of the Year believes the Stamford Bridge boss could succeed him after winning his third Premier League title in England.

The Portuguese has questioned why he has failed to win the Manager of the Month award this season, despite Chelsea's triumph, but Pulis (pictured) reckons he could land the top prize.

"He has got to be very close," said the 57-year-old, who won the award as Crystal Palace boss last year. "Relentless is a great word and I think you can put that next to his name.

"If it's a football match they are good enough to play against the best teams, if it's a battle they can do that.

"I'm not so sure he'll be worried about that (not winning any monthly awards) when he picks up his medal. I think he will go down as one of the great managers.

"But it's very easy to keep going for the people at the top of the table who have the most money, best squads and everything else."

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