Jose Mourinho admitted his side were lucky to come away with all three points in the West London derby against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday afternoon.
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A late goal from Cesc Fabregas was all that separated the two sides in W12, with it also being their first shot on target throughout the game.
Just four more wins are required to clinch a first Premier League title since 2010 and Mourinho says the 87th minute winner is the hallmark of potential champions:
“Every time I was champion I remember a couple of matches that my team won in the last minutes.” he told the club’s official website.
“It’s like a little light that shines for the teams that are going to be champions. We lost two points in Manchester in the last minute but we won these two points, and we won two points against Everton in the last minute.” he added.
The win put the Blues seven points clear at the top of the table once again and will have the chance to extend it to 10 when they host Manchester United next weekend, and the Chelsea manager insists that his side deserve to win the league given how long they have topped the table:
“It’s not normal for a team to be top of the league since day one, and to arrive in the middle of April still top of the league. I think that’s the team that deserves all the credit.”
“Other teams are on good runs? We have had a good run since day one. We deserve it.” the Blues boss explained.
The Portuguese manager also reserved praise for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who once again showed why he is one of the best in the league with a crucial save to deny Matt Phillips in the second half with the game goalless:
“That save helped us to win the match. Defensively we were very strong all game, including at set-pieces against big guys who are good in the air.”
“Obviously Courtois was there for us. I told him during the week, after Hull City and after Charlie Adam, we needed him to give us a couple of points with a couple of saves, and he did it.” he concluded.