Jose Mourinho does not think the Chelsea side he has inherited is good enough to win the league, reports the Daily Mirror.
Mourinho watched on as his side crashed to their third Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday, going down 3-2 to Stoke City at the Britannia.
The result saw the Blues slip down to third place in the table, behind Liverpool on goal difference, and now five points behind league leaders Arsenal.
Mourinho could not hide his frustration after Saturday’s result, and claimed his side would be top if they had a striker who had managed between 10 and 15 goals this season in the way many of his title rivals have.
“Who told you we are the first contender to win the league?” said the Blues boss.
“I don’t think we are. I think we are one of the six teams that are potential contenders.
“While other teams are on top of their game and have conditions to say, ‘We are on top of our game in terms of maturity, squad, balance in positions’, I think we are a team playing different than we did in the past.
“Remember, that in the past two years, this team finished 25 points behind the winners and finished 14 points behind the winners.
“We are not speaking with me about my team being champions last year or finishing one or two points behind.
“My team in the last two or three years in December was 15 to 20 points behind the leaders and I’m saying we are building a team, a style of play with the players we have, and of course we want the best results.”