Mourinho’s focus is on holding lead
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.