Jose Mourinho clinched the Premier League trophy with his Chelsea team following victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, but the Blues boss has admitted that the triumph has left him in need of a good rest.
The Blues clinched the title in front of the Stamford Bridge faithful thanks to a goal from the top flight’s most outstanding performer this season – Eden Hazard – and sealed their champions status with three games to spare.
Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Mourinho expressed how proud he felt to have led Chelsea to their first title in five seasons, but confessed that the marathon campaign has left him feeling drained.
Watch below what the Portuguese had to say…
Mourinho also said, “It’s not easy to cope with that, but finally mathematically we are champions now.
“Finally we can breathe, relax and enjoy. We can look back and see how much we deserve to be champions. I think last season we were building something,” the 52-year-old added.
“This season there was work ethic, group ethic and principles with more stability and a few players we brought here gave us some qualities we didn’t have.
“I always thought when the season started, and then winning match after match, I was feeling the team would be ready. I knew the work ethic would be there and the spirit would be there.
“The mentality in key moments in the season was there. I thought we had everything to win the title.”
The Blues will have to wait until the end of the season before they can get their hands on the trophy – as they still have to face Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland – in which Mourinho will still want maximum points.
The Reds, next Sunday, are likely to show their respect to the champions with a guard of honour at Stamford Bridge.