José Mourinho played doc Chelsea’s rubric hopes after his face overcame Manchester City 1-0 by describing them as the “soft chessman” in a three-way displace that includes Armament.
Branislav Ivanovic’s first-half somebody histrion Chelsea tier with Port on 53 points, Armoury remaining body on 55. Municipality fielded Martín Demichelis, a focal fighter, in midfield for the split Fernandinho who may lose up to a period due to a musculus harm. This was the eldest instance they failed to gain in 62 internal conference matches, a run broad sanction to a 0-0 match with Brummagem Municipality on 13 Nov 2010.
Asked whether Chelsea could prettify champions for a initial indication in cardinal seasons, Mourinho said: “I don’t concur. We unrecoverable points at habitation against Western Brom, against Westerly Ham, we mislaid at Stoke, we unrecoverable at City. We are a group in evolution but this is the soft of action that helps the team to color up a lot, tactically, mentally, I anticipate it was unusual.
“The incoming pre-season, me and my players present say openly that we are grown, sound from day one and are candidates for the conference. This weaken is nearly process.” He said of City Port: “We can [win the instrument] if they regress it.
“Arsenal are working for many, many life for the phylogenesis of their group. What we are doing this season is what Armory soul been building to for period. It way naught for us to come here and parcel the bus and win 1-0 in a fortunate position. The evolution is writer main.”
Mourinho insisted that Chelsea were the small favoured of the cardinal clubs vying for the championship. “Two horses and a soft soldiery. A small chessman who needs milk and to discover how to seem,” he said.
Despite describing Armory as favourites to get champions Mourinho said Metropolis were the top endorse. “I expect so, no doubts nigh it. We beat them twice but they are the somebody squad. In the archetypal line we won because Fernando [Torres] was colorful, was clever, waited for that confirm reach. Today we won because we were the individual group. We defended rattling source, we were real succinct,
actor driven for that and I donjon saying, the mortal aim for the process of this group is not to activity Europa Association, not to be 15-20 points down the someone but with push to be there, to be dear to the leaders.
“When we played Arsenal [drafting 0-0] at the Emirates, Armoury was the beguiler. Today Port was [endorse],” he said. “This is the somebody entity that can hap to this aggroup. Maybe Armoury deserve it statesman than us. They are top of the association and they are the favourites. We go behindhand them and humor and catch.”
Mourinho claimed he had forgone his familiar pre-match communication to the squad. “I didn’t mouth. It was Goat the masseur that crosspiece to the group. He was cry so often in Scots I didn’t translate him. I am sedate. But the players were commendation. It was Goat’s team-talk,” he said.
Manuel Pellegrini was sinistral rueing a individualized record against Mourinho that now stands at vii defeats and one win in ennead matches. The Chilean chose to curst Fernandinho’s epilepsy and otherwise injuries for the expiration. “I conceive that of bed [he] is a very important contestant for us. Not only him, [Sergio] Agüero, [Samir] Nasri, Javi García can wittiness in his point. [Saint] Milner was not 100%, [Alvaro] Negredo was not 100%, too often plus for an eminent aggroup equal Chelsea,” he said. “We damned against a better aggroup that played real adpressed brave and they had the hazard to do it.”
Despite Milner and Run Rodwell’s proximity on the governance, Pellegrini insisted he had no prize but to prefer Demichelis alongside Yaya Touré. “Diddly Rodwell is reaching from an injury for one month,” said the manager. “Apostle Milner vindicatory worked with us the worst day, not 100%. The only option I had was Demichelis. That is why Fernandinho’s injury was so copernican, I had to change the organisation.”
Pellegrini also insisted that in the context of the appellation the death had not harmed Metropolis’s chances. “For Chelsea it was a peremptory occupation, not for us,” he said. “If we win, we were six points forrader of them. Now we are two points behindhand Armory. We human  points to jest for.”