Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes his side are still heavy favourites to win the Premier League title, despite dropping two points with a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton on Sunday.
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The result has allowed Arsenal, who beat West Ham United 3-0 on Saturday, to move to within seven points of the Blues, who have a game in hand. In his post-match press conference, Mourinho was asked whether the Gunners posed a threat to his team’s title challenge.
And the Portuguese, who was quoted by Goal.com, replied: “Of course. Seven points behind Chelsea and one less match to play. Our position is better than them but I think so. More teams are in it.
However, when asked if Arsenal were a bigger threat than second-placed Manchester City due to their current form Mourinho replied: “What momentum? 3-1 against Monaco? Or 3-0 against West Ham? Depends on the momentum.”
Indeed, City’s defeat against Burnley yesterday means that Chelsea were still able to extend their advantage at the top of the table this weekend. But despite that success, Mourinho was quick to point out the shortcomings in his side’s performance.
“We started well but the penalty changed the rest of the first half. We stopped playing and made some mistakes,” he added. “When Ramires came on we killed their counter attack and had complete control of the game.
“We had a lead of five points and now we have a lead of six points with one less game to play. I’m not happy with the result but I’m happy with the situation, the six-point lead.”