Mourinho gives up on title after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has lost all hope in lifting the Premier League title this season. The Stamford Bridge boss’ side conceded a shocking 1-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace on Saturday. The loss has made Mourinho admit that Chelsea can no longer continue the run for title.
Mourinho has seen his team fall down against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in recent weeks. Losing to the two English minnows Mourinho has lost six crucial points. Chelsea’s campaign for the Premier League hasn’t completely come to an end, but the Blues have suffered a major setback on their track.
An 52nd minute own goal from Chelsea captain John Terry gave the relegation-threatened team with the much needed leaded they had been after. Resilient defending did the rest of the job for Crystal Palace, as Chelsea stumbled back home winless and without a great chunk of their pride.
Mourinho, who has repeatedly played down title talk and suggested that Manchester City have edge in the race, saw Liverpool acquire the top spot in the league after they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 on Sunday. Mourinho the title race in now between two teams – Manchester City and Liverpool.
“We depend too much on other results,” Mourinho said. “When you depend a little, it's possible. When you depend a lot, I don't think it's possible. We depend now too much. I don't think now we can win the league.”
Chelsea’s defense was targeted by critics after the game, but Mourinho defended them and was more critical of his midfield and attack. Mourinho said that Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Terry and Cesar Azpilicueta weren’t responsible for the loss.
“My four defenders, phenomenal performance, as always,” Mourinho said. “The others I'd prefer not to analyze individually. We missed some qualities. Mentality and a little bit of quality. Mentality because the opponents beat us clearly on that. Strong mentality, aggressive, committed. Every one of them played, I think, at the top of their potential and that, in football, is important.”
Mourinho added that his team had certain players who found it difficult to perform under pressure. The Portuguese boss said that his defense performs brilliantly in all conditions. Mourinho didn’t point fingers at anyone, but he did say that he had some players who performed brilliantly in some games, but were absolutely silent in others.