Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mourinho: Reds out of Title Battle; Moyes' Men 14 Points off Pace after Loss to Blues

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mourinho: Reds out of Title Battle; Moyes' Men 14 Points off Pace after Loss to Blues

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CHELSEA 3 MANCHESTER UNITED 1 JOSE Mourinho believes Manchester United's hopes of a successful Barclays Premier League title defence are all but over following Chelsea's 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

Samuel Eto'o scored a hat-trick as Chelsea moved two points behind leaders Arsenal and a point behind second-placed Manchester City with a result which leaves seventh-placed United 14 points adrift of the summit.

Mourinho thinks David Moyes will be unable to overturn the deficit to all three teams in the remaining 16 games of the season and the Red Devils will not be able to retain the title Sir Alex Ferguson won before his retirement in May.

The Chelsea boss said: "It is a 14-point difference. And 13. And 12. Can they recover to one of these teams? They can.

"However, to recover to three of them, it needs three teams to have almost a collapse.

"For the title it will be difficult for them. What I hope is they beat all of them (Chelsea's rivals) to finish top four and they beat all of them."

Mourinho insists it is not just a race between Arsenal, City and Chelsea.

He added: "It's not just three. The distance is short. Six points from us to Liverpool. Six points to Spurs.

"Tottenham are winning lots of matches, Liverpool too, and scoring goals.

"Everton, if they win tomorrow (at West Brom), they jump into that."

The win saw Mourinho extend his home unbeaten Premier League run to 71 games with his 100th win in the competition, becoming the manager to reach the landmark in the shortest time.

He said: "I don't care about records. "I want to win the next match.

"This was the last match, but it's quite a coincidence: the first (Premier League win) was against Man United, the 100th Premier League win was against Man United.

"The previous owner of the record was Man United manager (Ferguson), so quite a coincidence.

"The important thing for me is these 100 matches, they gave 300 points to Chelsea and especially here these three points are very important for us. …

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