Jose Mourinho says Chelsea's seven point cushion over Manchester City is great to have – but that his side are far from putting out the bunting just yet.
Blues emerged on top, after a battling 90 minutes against Aston Villa – where their character showed in the end.
A winner 66th minute from Branislav Ivanovic, coupled with a draw for nearest rivals Manchester City at home to Hull, stretched that lead by another two points to seven.
Mourinho said: “It was a tough game. A very difficult match and I knew it would be too it.
"I don't analysis opponents by the number of points they have or other statistics, I analyse opponents by the quality of their players and Villa have very good players, a good bench with lots of solutions.. It was difficult to prepare for them. They have a fantastic stadium and support.”
Speaking on that widening seven point gap, he said: “In another country it's fantastic.
"But in England it is nothing. We have 14 games and 42 points to play for.
"I'm not surprised with (Manchester) City drawing 1-1 against Hull City. When you are top of the league we focus only on ourselves. If we win the next game it will still be seven points with 13 games left.
“When you are top of the league you don't need the other teams to lose points. If they lose, good, if not, it's not a problem. We are taking it step by step."
Chelsea are next in action on Wednesday, when they host Everton in the league.
"I will give them a day off after the Everton game," said the Blues' boss.
“We don't play at the weekend."