Mour­inho: Ti­tle race over

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the first nine min­utes, but strug­gling Hull showed ad­mirable de­ter­mi­na­tion to draw level with two goals in quick suc­ces­sion from Ahmed El­mo­hamady and Abel Her­nan­dez be­fore half-time.

Sub­sti­tute Remy scored the win­ning goal with 13 min­utes left af­ter re­plac­ing the in­jured Costa.

Costa has suf­fered a re­cur­rence of the ham­string in­jury that has both­ered him since last sea­son and is a doubt for Spain’s Euro 2016 qual­i­fier against Ukraine on March 27.

“For Diego (the in­ter­na­tional break) is good, be­cause imag­ine we play three matches in one week, that’s three matches he doesn’t play,” Mour­inho said.

“I don’t think it will need an op­er­a­tion. Our doc­tor is against surg­eries, against knives.

“We are all in favour of con­ser­va­tive work and col­lec­tive work be­tween the med­i­cal depart­ment and fit­ness tech­ni­cal staff. This is the di­rec­tion we be­lieve.”

Mean­while, Arsène Wenger says Ar­se­nal are a much stronger side than they were at the start of the sea­son.

The Gun­ners faced a chal­leng­ing open­ing to the cam­paign but have hit form since the turn of the year, win­ning 14 of their last 16 games in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Ar­se­nal head into the in­ter­na­tional break in third place af­ter beat­ing New­cas­tle on Satur­day and Wenger had plenty of praise for his side.

“[I am pleased with] the spirit of the team and the men­tal qual­ity of the play­ers,” the manager told Ar­se­nal Player.

“They are out­stand­ing guys and it’s a plea­sure to see how they be­have and a credit to the club as well to see that qual­ity on the be­havioural front and the de­sire to do well.

“I was very pleased with the re­silience be­cause it shows qual­i­ties that are im­por­tant such as sol­i­dar­ity, the fact that we refuse to give in and on that front I think we did very well.

“We’re a stronger team to­day than we were in Septem­ber and that’s down to the fo­cus of the whole club, of the whole staff and the qual­ity of work the whole staff puts in. Let’s hope we can go from strength to strength now un­til the end of the sea­son.” — AFP

Loic Remy (right) res­cued chelsea against Hull on Sun­day.

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