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Jose Mourinho on Chelsea going four points clear at top: “It is a fake advantage”

Mar 1, 2014, 1:11 PM EST

Chelsea dispatched Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage on Saturday, as Jose Mourinho’s side went clear at the top of the standings

Andre Schurrle bagged a hat trick for the Blues and coupled with Arsenal’s defeat away at Stoke, Chelsea are now four points clear at the summit.

But Mourinho, once again, has played down Chelsea’s title chances as he aims to easy any pressure on his side. Coming off the back of a long midweek trip to Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League, Chelsea looked sluggish in the first half but Mourinho praised his side for a terrific second half display.

“The second half was one of the best performances of the season. We moved the ball around well. If I could’ve made 11 changes, I might have done, but I could only make three – so I did nothing. Schurrle is cold in front of the goal. We have have four points more than Arsenal. The gap to Man City is a fake advantage. If they win their games in hand, they’re top of the league. We’re behind them.”

(MORE: Fulham 1-3 Chelsea: Spectacular Schurrle extends Blues lead at the top)

So Mourinho is up to his old tricks again as he believes City will surge to the top of the standings when they play their games in hand. In the first half Chelsea didn’t look like title contenders but they came surging back after the interval. Afterwards Mourinho was asked what changes he made or what eh said to his time to change the outcome of the match.

The eccentric 51-year-old boss gave the following answer.

“At half-time, I told them nothing – nothing – not a word. I walked in, then I walked out,” Mourinho said.” I don’t know if anyone else gave a team talk. I was not inside the dressing room. The second half was a great reaction to the worst performance of the season.”

  1. egb234 - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    I know that Mourinho has a reputation and that his comments often have multiple meanings, but isn’t he right? City has two games in hand. City’s struggles have largely been due to one weak leak–when DeMichelis stays out of the way they win. They also have Aguero coming back. City have to be considered favorites.

  2. boroteesside - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Chelsea are the favourites because…. a win next saturday will put Chelsea 9 points clear of City with just 9 games to play, and even tho City will have 3 games in hand (12 to play) just compare the away fixtures for the two teams -

    Chelsea – just ONE away game against a current top 12 team – Liverpool.
    City – play FIVE – Hull, Man Utd, Arseanal, Liverpool and Everton.

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