No January signings for Chelsea: I'm not asking for anyone, says Mourinho

The 50-year-old believes that his side would be ahead of Arsenal if his strikers had scored more goals but intends to work on improving the players already at his disposal
Jose Mourinho believes that Chelsea would be top of the Premier League if his strikers scored more goals but intends to work with what he has rather than ask for signings in January.

The Blues sit third in the table, five points behind leaders Arsenal, while Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have netted only four league goals between them this term.

"If you tell me [Sergio] Aguero has scored already 10 or 12 goals, [Alvaro] Negredo 10 or 12 goals, [Edin] Dzeko four or five, [Wayne] Rooney eight or 10, [Olivier] Giroud eight or 10, [Daniel] Sturridge eight or 10, [Luis] Suarez 10 or 12 - if you ask me would I like my strikers to score eight, 10, 12 goals: Yes," Mourinho told reporters.

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"If we had eight, 10, 12 [more] goals we would be top of the league. That's a reality but my strikers give everything and the team works hard."

The Chelsea boss insists that he will not blame his strikers for the club's failure to close the gap on Arsene Wenger's side and declares his intent to focus on improving his current squad.

"What can you do more? We work, we keep working. That's the only way I know is to keep working," said the Portuguese.

"Of course we want the best possible results but I am not waiting for players, I am not asking for players. This is a period for the club and this is a period of my team where we have to try and improve the players we have and try to build a future.

"It is my squad. For good and for bad it is my squad. Of course it is not the perfect squad but it is my squad and I work with them until the last day. To criticise does not help me. What do I win by criticising my players? I win nothing."