Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claimed after his side's 2-0 win at Stoke that he felt his team had been the best in England so far this season.
"What we did in the past is not important," Mourinho said. "What's important is this season and this season we are top of the league since day one and we are there because we are playing really well.
"In my opinion we are the best team, we were the best team until this day. That's why we are top of the league.
"We start this period of Christmas knowing our fixtures are more difficult than any other ones. Three matches away - Stoke, Southampton and Tottenham. One match at home against West Ham because Big Sam (Allardyce)... they are doing amazingly well this season."
Mourinho was delighted with his team's performance on the night and felt they showed good spirit at the traditionally hostile Britannia.
"Fantastic performance," he added. "I think these are the matches where the victory means a bit more than three points.
"It means the three points but it means also: feel the right spirit, feel the team, feel the atmosphere, feel what the players are ready to do to try to win the championship.
"I'm really pleased with the victory because we won for sure in one of the most difficult places to win."
The match has reached full time.
Krkic Bojan takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
Phil Bardsley takes a throw in.
Shot by Andre Schurrle. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Krkic Bojan takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Effort on goal is blocked by Didier Drogba.
Pass corner taken by Charlie Adam from the the left byline.
Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Oussama Assaidi.