Suarez ‘scores like no other’
KINGSTON UPON HULL — Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea are firmly on course to win the Premier League after extending their lead at the top to six points with a battling 3-2 victory at Hull.
The Blues, chasing their first English league crown since 2010, re-established their stranglehold on the title race thanks to Loic Remy’s late winner at the KC Stadium on Sunday. And with Chelsea holding a game in hand on second-placed Manchester City, Mourinho says they are now firm favourites to lift the trophy.
“The title race should be over,” Mourinho said. “The title race in normal conditions, Chelsea should have eight, 10, 12 points more than we have - title race over.
“But football is unpredictable and the real-
BARCELONA — El Clasico match-winner Luis Suarez can decide important games like few other players in the world, says Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.
The ex-liverpool striker, 28, drilled in the winner as the Spanish leaders beat title rivals Real Madrid 2-1.
“Very few players can score a goal like he did, and that is why we signed him,” said Enrique after the Nou Camp win.
Suarez added: “It is my most important goal for Barca. It has extra meaning given the opponents it was against.”
The Uruguayan, who arrived in a £75m deal last summer, struck in the second half to move Barca four points clear of their arch-rivals Madrid with 10 matches left.
“He can decide games. He’s a pure scorer, who needs very little to finish,” added Enrique.
“This was a nice win tonight and something for the fans to enjoy. But although it was important, it was not decisive.
“We are where we wanted to be, but we can’t relax because we could drop points in any game.”
European champions Madrid had held a four-point advantage of their own over Barcelona on 27 ity is we have a six-point lead which is our best situation for the whole season.
“The maximum lead we had was eight but when we had eight we had more matches to go.
“At this moment, we have a six-point lead, one match in hand, that can help us have a bigger distance with eight matches to go to our opponents.
“They (City) can make 24 points, if they can make 24 points for us it is a question of mathematics to see how much we need
“I’m pretty confident. I believe in my players, I believe that we can do it.”
Chelsea had to work for their win at Hull, despite making a flying start.
Goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa put Mourinho’s team two goals ahead in February.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side equalised in Barcelona through Cristiano Ronaldo in the first half, cancelling out French defender’s Jeremy Mathieu’s header.
But Suarez’s 14th goal in all competitions hands the initiative to the Catalan club, who are aiming to regain La Liga following Atletico Madrid’s triumph last season.
“There is still an eternity to go and also we have the Champions League to think about. It would be a mistake to take anything for granted,” said Barca midfielder Javier Mascherano.
“Against a team like Madrid you always have to give your all as they push you to the limits both physically and mentally.
“We put a lot into this game especially when you consider we played in midweek against Manchester City.”
Meanwhile, coach Carlo Ancelotti says Real Madrid were punished for reverting to long balls in Sunday’s defeat by Barcelona. “We played well for the first hour, but the last half hour was terrible,” said Ancelotti.
“It is a blow, but we won’t give up. We lacked a cool head to try to equalise rather than playing long balls.”
He continued: “We played a lot better until the second goal. After that it was very difficult.
“In the first half we played very well, we had control, were dangerous up front and solid at the back.”
European champions Real, who were four points clear on 27 February, have 10 games left to overhaul Barca’s lead.
To do so, they will have to rediscover their form, having dropped eight points in the last four league games.
“It’s more difficult, but we’re not going to prioritise the Champions League,” said Ancelotti. “The priority is La Liga and the Champions League.
“Cristiano Ronaldo played a very complete match. He worked hard and was always dangerous up front. He shot dangerously, he hit the woodwork... It was the same Cristiano as always.”
Real defender Sergio Ramos said: “We gave our all but we lacked luck in the first half, and they controlled the game better after that.
“The difference is only four points and we are going to keep fighting in the league. We will not ease up.” — BBC
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez.