Mourinho feels Man City have the edge over Chelsea in title race
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists Manchester City are in a better position than his side in the title race. The Portuguese tactician claims he would have swapped places with the Eastlands since they have more power over their destiny.
Mourinho believes Manchester City have the advantage in the title race, although his side is currently on top of the Premier League table and possess a six-point lead over Manchester City. However, the Capital One Cup victors have two games in hand and a much better goal difference to compete with Chelsea, which means they have the potential to overthrow the league leaders if they get the best results out of their games.
Mourinho, whose side picked up a 3-1 win over Fulham thanks to a hat-trick from Andre Schurrle, claims Chelsea are under much more pressure than Manchester City since their fate will be decided from a lesser number of games.
“I prefer to have the destiny in my hands, and only City have destiny in their hands,” Mourinho said. “If I win every game until the end of the season, all 10 -- which we won't -- maybe we are not champions. If they [City] win all 12 games they have, they are champions. They have their destiny in their hands.”
Mourinho further stated that his side was concentrating on achieving the best results in the remaining season, but such a task was easier said than done. Earlier this week Mourinho admitted that Chelsea’s first-half performance against Fulham was the worst they have performed all season.
The former Real Madrid boss was livid with his players and revealed that he didn’t speak a single word during the halftime break. Chelsea managed to score there quick goals through Schurrle in the second half to seal the win. The absence of striker Samuel Eto’o from the squad did raise a few eyebrows, especially because of the recent comments Mourinho made about his age.
Mourinho shrugged off reports of being in a rift with the Cameroon international. The Stamford Bridge boss told said that his decision to leave Eto’o behind was tactical.
“There's nothing wrong with Samuel. I just felt in this kind of match -- away from home, against normally defensive teams, aggressive defenders -- I thought to go with Fernando [Torres] and, if I need to risk in the last part of the game I'd use Demba [Ba],” Mourinho added.