Mourinho insists Man City are still favorites for Premier League title
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists Manchester City are still favorites for the Premier League title, although it’s the Blues who are leading the Premier League table right now. A nine-point gap separates Mourinho’s side with Manchester City after the 4-0 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The Blues have a seven-point cushion at the top of the Premier League table, but Manchester City gun their engine and steal Chelsea’s spot since they have three games in hand, which means they have nine potential points in store.
Manchester City have finally ended both of their domestic cup campaigns by winning the Carling Cup trophy and getting kicked out of the FA Cup from Wigan Athletic for the second successive year. With the dream of an unprecedented quadruple gone, Manchester City will set their focus towards winning the Premier League.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side can boast about a superior goal difference, something is expected to improve since Sergio Aguero has returned to the squad and Alvaro Negredo is nearing a full recovery as well. Mourinho is well-aware of the threat Manchester City poses to Chelsea’s title dreams, but the Portuguese boss already believes that the Eastlands are hot-favorites for the league title.
“I would like to be in their position, because if they win the matches they are top of the league,” Mourinho said. “If we win the next nine matches, we may not be champions. If Manchester City win the 12 matches they have, they are champions. They have their destiny in their hands and we don't have ours. I would prefer to have my destiny in my hands. It doesn't depend on us. It depends on them.”
Mourinho claims his primary objective with Chelsea was to acquire a top-four finish in the Premier League and that target is all but guaranteed now. The Stamford Bridge boss will now seek to dwell deeper into the Champions League and cement the club’s place on top of the Premier League table.
“The top four is for us to lose,” Mourinho added. “I really don't believe that we are going to lose that distance. Now let's go for objective number two, which is top three -- which gives direct Champions League qualification.”
Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Everton are fighting to enter the top-four, but Liverpool and Arsenal will give the rivals a very tough time before letting them anywhere near a top-four spot.