Mour­inho’s fo­cus is on hold­ing lead

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

LON­DON — Hav­ing de­cided to con­test a Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion charge of im­proper con­duct, Chelsea man­ager Jose Mour­inho turns his at­ten­tion back to pre­serv­ing his side’s lead in the Pre­mier League this weekend.

Mour­inho’s side sit one point clear of Liver­pool, but the Por­tuguese be­lieves third­place Manch­ester City — who lie three points be­hind Chelsea with two games in hand — re­main the favourites to win the ti­tle.

Chelsea’s em­phatic 6­0 vic­tory over Ar­se­nal last weekend strength­ened the Blues’ cre­den­tials to be cham­pi­ons, as well as deal­ing a se­vere blow to Arsene Wenger’s side’s hopes.

But that mem­o­rable vic­tory will count for lit­tle if Mour­inho’s team fail to fol­low up the win with three more points at rel­e­ga­tion­threat­ened Crys­tal Palace to­day.

The fix­ture list ap­pears to favour Chelsea, with Mour­inho’s men due to face Stoke City, Sun­der­land and Swansea City be­fore a po­ten­tially de­ci­sive trip to An­field to face Liver­pool on April 27.

But the re­cent 1­0 de­feat at As­ton Villa — dur­ing which Mour­inho was sent to the stands, for which he re­ceived his FA charge — con­firmed that the leading teams can take noth­ing for granted.

An­dre Schur­rle, Chelsea’s at­tack­ing mid­fielder, has warned against com­pla­cency if Chelsea are to main­tain their chal­lenge. — Sapa­AFP.

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