Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is confident the Blues will respond with a good performance when they play Steve Bruce's Hull City on Sunday.
The west London side sit at the top of the Premier League table and are six points clear of second-placed Manchester City who have been dragged into the "rat race" for a top-four position.
And, Cahill, who clearly was disappointed they didn’t seal a spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, is hoping the full week Mourinho's squad had to prepare for the tie against the Tigers will be an advantage, as they look to maintain their lead in the league.
‘Of course we’re disappointed to go out of the Champions League, we wanted to go all the way in the competition, unfortunately it wasn’t to be and we can’t go back in time so we switch our minds now with 10 games to play and a huge prize at the end of it,’ the England defender said, as Chelsea’s official website reported.
‘We have a bit of a luxury in that we can prepare for a full week for most games now, and train as a group more than we usually can do. Hopefully that can benefit us as well.
‘The title is in our hands. Look at the situation down in the Championship and it looks very nervy. We have a lot at stake but we’re in a fantastic position. We also know there is hard work ahead. We’re in the run-in and we all want to achieve the same thing.’
The international break resumes right after this tie and the 29-year-old wants his side to have an outstanding display before leaving to prepare for the international games.
‘We’re definitely in a good place,’ declared Cahill as he considered the run-in.
‘At the start of the season if we’d been offered being six points clear and a game in hand, we’d have been absolutely delighted. We’re in a fantastic position but there’s a lot of hard work still to be done.
‘It’s a huge game on Sunday and going into the internationals we want to have a feel-good factor, so we need to perform well in the Hull game beforehand and make sure we’re not disappointed when we go away.’