Chelsea Boss JOSE MOURINHO: Manchester City are still Premier League favorites … way ahead of ARSENAL and LIVERPOOL.
Monday, December 30, 2013 – Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists Manchester City are still favorites for the Premier League title despite his side’s convincing 2-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday.
Liverpool took an early lead courtesy of Martin Skrtel’s third-minute opener at Stamford Bridge, but Eden Hazard’s curling strike and Samuel Eto’o’s close finish secured all three points for the Blues.
The Blues have now chalked up four consecutive home victories in the Premier League, and head into the New Year just two points behind leaders Arsenal in third place.
However, the Portuguese tactician believes second-placed City remain the team to beat.
Mourinho said: “I keep saying there is a big difference between Manchester City and the other teams.
“It’s not just about quality, other teams have quality, us too. But (it is about) maturity, the number of players, the group of strikers, physicality, experience.
“They (City) are the favorites, for us, for Arsenal, for Liverpool, to be around (the top) is a good achievement. In our case it’s important people learn how to play these matches (against the top sides).”
Mourinho was also pleased with the way his side responded after falling behind early in the game
He added: “I think we deserved to win because they did nothing to score the first goal, it was circumstantial.
“After that our reaction in the first half was a fantastic reaction. We scored, we could have scored before.
“In the second half we defended well, they hit the post with (Mamadou) Sakho, we had some counter-attack situations where we could have killed the game.
“We didn’t (do that) and until the last minute it was hard, but we deserved (to win).”