Ahead of Chelsea, Man City game, Mourinho gives it to Man City
Mind games? Mourinho insists Man City are in the driving seat to land the Premier League title
Jose Mourinho has insisted the Premier League title is Manchester City’s to lose.
Chelsea boss Mourinho takes his side to the Etihad on Monday night knowing they will fall six points behind Manuel Pellegrini’s men if City continue their 100 per cent home form.
But Mourinho tried to take the heat off his side after their goalless draw with West Ham as he maintained he NEVER expected the Blues to reclaim the crown.
Mourinho said: ”Whether we win, lose or draw, I don’t think we’re in contention.
”Next season, it will be a completely different story. Then I will tell you we are playing to win the title.
”We won’t give up. I won’t give up. We will go there to win, as we do every game but we are preparing for next season, much more than this season.”
Even so, Mourinho could not stop himself having a crack at league-leading City, suggesting Pellegrini’s men have benefited from a more than usual rub of the green for officials.
He added: ”I think they have everything. Everything. On top of that, and I want to make it very clear that, for me, it’s just a coincidence and nothing else, the reality is they have many crucial decisions in their favour. So they are lucky.
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‘Against Liverpool, the Sterling ‘goal’. The penalty on Suarez. Against Newcastle the goal that is a clear goal. Against Tottenham, Dawson’s goal, the penalty, the red card. They are having everything.
”I repeat: it’s just pure coincidence. The referees try to do their best, and sometimes they make mistakes, and normally during the season the mistakes are split.
”But at the moment they have everything in their favour. But it’s just a coincidence. The players and team are very good, and the manager is working very well.”
As for Spurs boss Tim Sherwood’s suggestion that City are the ”best team in Europe”, Mourinho was less than in agreement.
”Maybe, for the Tottenham manager, the planet is England,” he smiled. ”You will see who is better in the Champions League. You will see in a couple of months.”
Mourinho insisted the capture of St Etienne teenage defender Kurt Zouma was the end of Chelsea’s spending this window.
”It’s all done,” he said. ”In almost every position we have the present and the future, so we’ve done well.
”But that’s it. No more, none. And nobody goes out either.
”The squad is short. We have 20 players for the Premier League,18 for the Champions League, we let Michael Essien and Ryan Bertrand go to play. So this is the group.
”I’ve said for a number of months that we weren’t going to buy in January. I think maybe the media, even our fans, don’t understand why we don’t do anything.
”But in the summer, you will understand why we didn’t.”
That was a clear promise of serious striking recruitment in the summer but in the mean-time, with Fernando Torres still out, Samuel Eto’o will lead the line at City on Monday.
But Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah is unlikely to feature. He trained for the first time with his new team-mates today and has not played since the Swiss winter break began last year. Mirror