JOSE Mourinho believes his Chelsea side have improved sufficiently in 2014 to justify their position as Premier League leaders.
A 2-0 victory over West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day Air Max 90 Shoes Sale , courtesy of goals from John Terry and Diego Costa, kept Chelsea three points ahead of last season's champions Manchester City.
The Blues Air Max 2017 Shoes Sale , who finished third last season, will have their title credentials tested again against Southampton on December 28 Air Max 2018 Shoes Sale , but Mourinho is confident his players can rise to the occasion at St Mary's and finish the calendar year on top.
"We are a much better team when we have the ball," he said. "Last year we were very strong defensively but lacked a bit of creativity when we had the ball. The challenge was to bring that dynamic without losing the qualities of the team.
"At the beginning of the season there was a little bit of conflict between those two ideas and we made defensive mistakes. At the moment we have a good balance.
"The team is happy to have the ball and also comfortable when the opposition has it. We are a very good team."
Sunday's trip to the south coast will see Mourinho renew his relationship with Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.
The pair were colleagues at Barcelona when Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was in charge at the Nou Camp.
"I was there before him Air Max Shoes Sale ," Mourinho added. "Obviously he was a very big player for Barcelona but he left.
"I arrived there in 1996 and I think Ron came back in 1999 so I was already a member of the technical staff.
"We helped each other but we were there to help Mr van Gaal because he was the boss then. I think we did our work quite well.
"I know that he is a good coach and I know the football principles that he defends and he likes.
"When I saw him get his hands on (Mauricio) Pochettino's team I thought he was the right guy to do it.
"Obviously they lost some good players but they were very clinical in their choices.
"They don't have any pressure because they are very, very far away from relegation and the title is not for them. They are in a fantastic situation to play beautiful football."
- Hectic period -
Mourinho reported no new injury worries for the Southampton game and revealed he had made alterations to the training schedule to make sure his squad remained in peak condition over the hectic Christmas period.
"I had two training sessions for tomorrow (Saturday) but they were crying so much in the dressing room I decided to make a change Nike Air Max 90 Sale ," he added.
"They are training now so tomorrow, instead of two sessions Nike Air Max 2017 Sale , there is only one. They are human, like the Southampton guys are human. It will be very difficult for us and for them."
It took a long time for West Ham to threaten Chelsea Nike Air Max 2018 Sale , although they did hit a post late on through substitute Morgan Amalfitano.
Hammers manager Sam Allardyce was disappointed with his players' first-half showing and will be sure to demand a reaction on Sunday when they host Arsenal.
"We didn't play like I asked the players to play," Allardyce complained.
"They got too sucked into a negative style Nike Air Max Sale , passing it sideways and backwards, instead of forwards into the right areas.
"As good as Chelsea were and our goalkeeper was in great form Air Max 90 Sale , but the two goals were so avoidable.
"I have no complaints about the result. Chelsea are a top quality side and we found it difficult to compete with them.
"I'm angry with the first half, the way we approached the game. I expected us not to play that way.
"I had to set out the tactics against a side of the quality of Chelsea. When it doesn't happen Air Max 2017 Sale , you get frustrated."
WASHINGTON， Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday joined other Republican leaders in their condemnation of lewd comments about women made by the party's presidential nominee Donald Trump， and said Trump would not be attending a planned joint event for Saturday in Wisconsin.
The event had been expected as Ryan's first joint appearance with Trump in a bid to show the party's unity in a key battleground state one day ahead of Sunday night's second presidential debate. '
"I am sickened by what I heard today. Women are to be championed and revered， not objectified，" Ryan said in a statement.
"I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests." ' In a leaked audio clip recorded in 2005， Trump made lewd remarks about an unidentified married woman he hoped to have sex with， boasted about how easy it is to attract women with his celebrity status and even talked about groping women.
When you're a star， women let you do anything， he was recorded.
The New York billionaire later apologized for the "locker room banter" in the audio， but claimed that his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's husband， former President Bill Clinton， "has said far worse to me on the golf course -- not even close."
However， Trump's bid to shift the focus seems to have failed as the chair of the Republican National Committee， Reince Priebus， together with a number of other influential Republican lawmakers， released statements blasting the billionaire. Some of them even urged Trump to quit the presidential race.
"No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever，" Priebus said in a statement.
Trump is "a malignant clown" that is "unfit to be president of the United States，" said Republican Senator Mark Kirk.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers， the top-ranking Republican woman in the House of Representatives， said that Trump's comments of that nature have "no place in public or private conversations."
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