Mourinho's Chelsea outwit Pellegrini's stunned City

Mon Feb 3, 2014 7:14pm EST
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By Tom Hayward

(Reuters) - Jose Mourinho proved why he is one of the most revered coaches in the world as he masterminded a 1-0 win that ended Manchester City's 100 percent home Premier League record this season.

Chelsea have now picked up 10 points from a possible 12 against the other top four teams this term as they joined the hosts on 53 points, two behind leaders Arsenal.

"We played fantastic. Against a fantastic club, to play the way we did I think is amazing for the boys," Mourinho told Sky Sports after his team had also hit the woodwork three times.

"In the process of building the team, to prepare the team to be favorites, to be one of the favorites next season, I think it is an important step."

Mourinho had said Chelsea would not be "parking the bus" and while they certainly snuffed out City's array of attacking talent, his side also looked dangerous every time they broke and should have added to Branislav Ivanovic's first-half strike.

"They had couple chances but we had better chances to kill the game," Mourinho added. "The players when we didn't have the ball were humble and all ready to defend. When we had the ball they were trying to play and we played really well."


Despite the win secured by fullback Branislav Ivanovic's precise left-foot strike in the first half, Mourinho played down the notion that Chelsea were now favorites to win the title and instead talked about their potential next season.   Continued...

Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo (R) is challenged by Chelsea's Eden Hazard during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis