Mourinho: Chelsea have no hope of winning the title now
A John Terry own goal condemned the Blues to a 1-0 defeat at Selhurst Park and the ‘Special One’ feels it represents a fatal blow to his side’s title chances
A John Terry own goal condemned the Blues to a 1-0 loss at Selhurst Park and, while they remain one point ahead of Liverpool and three ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table, both of their main rivals can now overtake them by winning their games in hand.
After the match a dejected Mourinho admitted Tony Pulis’ men were good value for their victory and insisted the result kills Chelsea’s hopes of winning their first title since 2010.
“I think now we lose any chance of finishing first,” he told BBC Radio 5live. “Now we depend too much on other results.
“But today we lost three points, we lost against a team that was better than us in terms of spirit and mentality. We can only blame ourselves.
“I think maybe they deserved a victory. We had good chances. Their keeper made some good saves. We probably had the best chance of the first half.
“But their spirit, desire and commitment was much stronger. Because of the spirit, they deserved the win.”
Defeat would have ended Chelsea’s hopes of winning the title they last claimed in 2010, but late goals in each half ensured they are still contenders, despite Mourinho’s reluctance to admit so.
“Now we can say we have won both matches against the champions,” added Mourinho, whose side have beaten Liverpool and Manchester City twice this season.
“The team that deserved it more won. Obviously many people would be expecting us to come here and lose three, four or five nil like others. Many people thought it was impossible to get this result.”
Mourinho gave 20-year-old Czech Tomas Kalas a debut in central defence against the Reds and praised “a giant” performance from Demba Ba in attack.
The Portuguese, whose side have claimed 16 points from 18 against the Premier League’s top four sides this season, denied his team time-wasted on Merseyside and refused to agree with the notion they used defensive tactics.
“I’m a bit confused with what the media thinks about defensive displays,” said Mourinho, a winner of league titles in four countries.
“When a team defends well you call it a defensive display. When they defend bad and concede two or three goals, you don’t consider it a defensive display but sometimes they are.
“My team played brilliantly, every player was magnificent.There was ”No mistakes.”
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