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Mourinho: Chelsea lacked character

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By Stephen Donovan

Sunday 30 March 2014

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that his side’s hopes of winning the Premier League title are over after they fell to a shock defeat at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace, BBC Sport has reported.

Jose Mourinho

The 51-year-old was also critical of his side’s lack of character, and admitted that the hosts deserved their win. The Blues are still top of the Premier League, but Liverpool can overtake them by avoiding defeat against Tottenham on Sunday, while Manchester City are just two points behind, and have two games in hand.

Crystal Palace created several chances in condemning the visitors to a second straight away defeat, but the only goal came from the head of a Chelsea player as John Terry glanced into his own net seven minutes into the second half. Julian Speroni made two important saves from Eden Hazard as the Eagles held on.

And after the game, Mourinho conceded his side’s title hopes. He said: "Now it's impossible to win the title. We depend too much on other results. When you depend a little it's possible, when you depend a lot I don't think it is possible. Mathematically it is still possible but one thing is mathematics and another is reality."

Mourinho also criticised the mentality of his attacking players, adding: "Crystal Palace had a strong mentality, were aggressive and committed with every one of them playing to the top of their potential.

"Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry - they perform in the sun, on small pitches, on big pitches, against aggressive teams, not aggressive teams, possession teams and not possession teams. They perform every game from day one to last day. But you have other players who are fantastic in some games and they disappear in others."

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