Jose Mourinho 'instilling winning mentality' at Chelsea

John Obi Mikel believes Jose Mourinho is beginning to instil a winning mentality into Chelsea's players.

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No new injury concerns for Blues ahead of Hull test

Jose Mourinho and his back room staff Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Chelsea have no fresh fitness concerns for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at Hull.

The blues can go top if they win - for at least a few hours.

Kevin De Bruyne is unlikely to be included after negotiations for the Belgium forward's Chelsea exit gathered pace.

Midfielder Frank Lampard (calf) and right-back Branislav Ivanovic (knee) are out until the end of the month, while Marco van Ginkel (knee) is continuing his rehabilitation.

Provisional squad: Cech, Cole, Luiz, Essien, Ramires, Torres, Mata, Oscar, Mikel, Schurrle, De Bruyne, Hazard, Ba, Willian, Schwarzer, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Eto'o, Blackman, Bertrand.

Mikel: Chelsea to start show their winning mentality

It's a matter of letting them [the players] know what it means when you come to the end of the season, what the Premier League and Champions League means to this club.

Now they're here, they have to feel the pressure and they are feeling it right now. That's why we just want to keep doing well and now they're starting to understand that we don't want to get beaten.

We just want to keep going and hopefully come the end of the season they will start to show the winning mentality even more that the manager is trying to install into them and we go on from there and win trophies.

– John Obi Mikel

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Jose Mourinho instilling 'winning mentality' at Chelsea

John Obi Mikel believes Jose Mourinho is beginning to instil a winning mentality into Chelsea's players.

Jose Mourinho Credit: Press Association

Chelsea are well placed to win silverware this season and Mikel believes it is crucial his team-mates understand that winning every game matters to Chelsea, after recent seasons where the Blues' focus has slipped in some competitions. John Obi Mikel said:

"If you don't play for Chelsea, you don't know what these trophies mean to this club. It's not a team where if you come second, third or fourth, it doesn't matter. No. Every year you have to win something and this is the pressure."

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