Mourinho: Chelsea still not in title race

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that his side are still not involved in the title race despite winning 2-0 away to leaders Liverpool on Sunday, Sky Sports has reported.

Mourinho set his side out defensively in order to frustrate Liverpool, whose manager Brendan Rodgers accused his counterpart of ‘parking two buses’. Young defender Tomas Kalas was handed his Premier League debut behind a midfield trio of John Obi Mikel, Nemanja Matic and Frank Lampard.

The Reds looked the more likely to open the scoring for much of the first half, but it was Chelsea who took the lead on the stroke of half time when Demba Ba capitalised on Steven Gerrard’s slip to burst through and slide the ball under Simon Mignolet.

Now behind, Liverpool were frustrated by the organisation of Chelsea in the second half and could not make a breakthrough, and things got worse for them in stoppage time when Fernando Torres broke clear and set up Willian for the second.

The result moved Chelsea to within two points of Liverpool with both sides having two games to play. Manchester City lie a two points further back, but have a game in hand.

And Mourinho feels that Chelsea deserved their win, but are not part of the title race. He said: “We’re back in nothing. At this moment we are almost third. With Everton’s defeat (on Saturday) we were automatically qualified for the Champions League. Now with these three points we need one point to finish third. Champions are only one (team) and the champions will be City or Liverpool.”

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