Jose Mourinho in no doubt Chelsea will be too strong for Norwich City

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is backing his side to come good against Norwich City. Photo: Andrew M

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is backing his side to come good against Norwich City. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Bullish Jose Mourinho is confident Chelsea will have too much for Norwich City in Saturday's intriguing Premier League tussle at Stamford Bridge.

The reigning champions go into the game one place and one point behind Norwich, with Mourinho back in the dugout after his stadium ban for the league defeat at Stoke following a run-in with referee Jon Moss earlier this season. Mourinho has come in for heavy criticism during Chelsea's prolonged downturn, but the Portuguese boss is in no doubt the Blues will prove too strong for Alex Neil's squad.

'Chelsea will play very well and get a good result,' he said. 'With all the respect I have for unpredictability in football, and all the respect I have for our opponents, I think we will get a good result.

'The players are enthusiastic and confident. It's time also for us to give a positive answer, which I think we are giving, but not in the results.

'It's important for us to go into a good period, because the owner deserves, the board deserves, the supporters deserve so much. Even more than them I deserve, we deserve. We're working a lot and fighting together.

'I believe a good moment will arrive. Lots of matches are coming now and we have four months without national teams playing. When you play well and lose it's more difficult to cope with it. We have to try to play well and hopefully get the result we need.'

Mourinho has ruled out a spending spree in the January transfer market to revive Chelsea's ailing Premier League campaign.

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'I will not ask for any change to the board for January. I am happy with my players, I trust the players,' he said. 'I don't need to clean the dressing room, like I heard was written somewhere. And I don't need to ask the club to spend money in January. We put ourselves in a great situation being champions.

'The situation is good in the squad so we really believe good things are coming for us.'

The Chelsea chief has also given his backing to the Premier League's plans to pay their respects to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks with a rendition of the French national anthem before kick-off.

'I don't need an anthem to feel sorry for the victims and the families that are suffering, for a country that was a strong target, but it's a nice way to do it and I'm more than happy to participate,' said Mourinho. 'All over the world some different areas tried to show their support, but the reality is that football is very powerful. The England versus France match was the best example of that. What can we do? Nothing.

'All we have in our hands is the impact football can create which, in this case, is a positive impact for the victims and the families.

'Everybody has feelings and everybody lived the week in different ways. Now it's time to live, work and that's the kind of message that everyone in politics has sent - to live a normal life. For us that means to train and play this game.'