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Mourinho Says Chelsea Still Outsiders For Title Despite 6-0 Thumping Over Rivals Arsenal

posted 22 Mar 2014, 11:45 by Mpelembe   [ updated 22 Mar 2014, 11:46 ]

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that Chelsea are not the favourites for the title, despite blowing rivals Arsenal out the water in 'amazing' first 10 minutes

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MARCH 22, 2014) (ITN)  - Manager Jose Mourinho again played down Chelsea's Premier League title chances despite their 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (March 22).

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It was Mourinho's best win with the club and embarrassed bitter rival Arsene Wenger on the Frenchman's 1,000th match in charge of Arsenal.

The victory kept Chelsea four points clear at the top of the table although closest pursuers Liverpool(one), Manchester City (three) and Arsenal (one) all have matches in hand.

"And Man City had everything in their hands, Liverpool is one point behind us, but they have also everything in their hands, nobody plays Champions League from the top four, only Man United, which I want to congratulate for that, for the victory against Olympiakos, but the top four, only us that have (Champions League), just the Premier League matches to play and we have at least two big Champions League matches in between." Mourinho told reporters, referring to the fact Manuel Pellegrini's team can overtake Chelsea if they win all their games in hand, and that all of Chelsea's main rivals are out of theChampions League.

Mourinho's men rattled in three goals between the fifth and 17th minutes and the Portuguese described it as "10 amazing minutes".

"I think 10 amazing minutes - and with 10 minutes you can win the game and in 10 minutes you can show everybody that today you wouldn't give any chance to any opponent and I am so happy with the approach," he said.

"We come, the way we used to say in football, we come to kill and in 10 minutes, we destroy.

Mourinho has repeatedly played down Chelsea's bid to win the league in his first season back at the club where he won two titles in 2005 and 2006 but the way the leaders played on Saturday will sound alarm bells among their rivals.

Classy goals from Samuel Eto'o and Andre Schuerrle put them 2-0 up before Eden Hazard converted a penalty.

Brazilian Oscar added two more either side of halftime before Egyptian substitute Mohamed Salah ran clean through to slide the ball under keeper Wojciech Szczesny for his first Chelsea goal.

To compound Arsenal's misery, defender Kieran Gibbs was wrongly sent off after 15 minutes when referee Andre Marriner punished him for handling the ball on the line when it was actually Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who committed the offence.

Mourinho believes referees should be allowed to see video replays of such incidents to avoid embarrasment.

"The sending off is, is big ammunition for the people like me that think that one little screen in front of the fourth official is a big help against this kind of mistakes," he said.

Chelsea's next match is against Crystal Palace on March 29 before they travel to Paris Saint-Germain for the first of their Champions League quarter-finals.