Wembley

Next Game

Chelsea v Tottenham

Sunday, 01 March 2015, 16:00

Capital One Cup Final

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 1 - 1 Burnley

Saturday, 21 February 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Mourinho: City have the edge

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Premier League scheduling has given Manchester City the upper hand in the race for top flight supremacy.

Last Updated: 17/02/14 at 10:02 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Has Chelsea involved in title tussle with Manchester City

Jose Mourinho: Has Chelsea involved in title tussle with Manchester City

City already have one game in hand on their title rivals, having seen a midweek clash with Sunderland hit by the stormy weather which has been sweeping across the country.

With just three points separating them from leaders Chelsea, and with a far superior goal difference, Manuel Pellegrini's side know their fate is in their own hands.

They have also seen a derby date with Manchester United in March pushed back due to their involvement in the Capital One Cup final, meaning that once again they will watch on as their closest challengers for league glory go in pursuit of precious points.

Mourinho believes that playing catch-up will work in City's favour, as they will know exactly what is required of them before taking to the field.

He said in the Daily Mirror: "What affects the Premier League is the change of the fixtures.

"City play later after the other teams fighting for the title, so it is easier.

"They know somebody lost, somebody won, they lost two points, one point is enough for us. That is obviously an advantage.

"But it's not their fault. It's the weather, the fixtures, the FA, the Premier League, so it's not their fault."

Chelsea lead the way at present, one point ahead of the chasing pack, but were held to a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion in their last Premier League outing and saw squad morale take a hit on Saturday as they were dumped out of the FA Cup by City.

John Terry was again absent at the Etihad Stadium, and Mourinho has aired his frustration at being unable to call upon the services of his talismanic skipper - as he nurses a muscular complaint.

The Portuguese tactician added: "The medical department always tell me he looks like he is ready.

"I was told he would probably play this game (against City). He didn't, so now do they say for sure he plays the next game? I don't know."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

I

believe this is because for sepp Christmas is a 7 day feast finishing on the 25th

hiya
Blatter calls for early final

F

alcao really needs to shine now. Apparently according to the stats, he scores more when played up front alone. I wonder if Van Gaal will actually apply a formation to get the best out of him though.

anthracyte
Van Persie lay-off expected

Footer 365

Mark Hughes angered by officials in Stoke win over Hull

Mark Hughes was pleased with Stoke's 1-0 win over Hull but angered after the officials missed a challenge on Stephen Ireland.

Sean Dyche downbeat after Burnley lose to Swansea defeat at Turf Moor

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says his side must start turning performances into wins after losing 1-0 to Swansea at Turf Moor.

Jonas Gutierrez wants top-10 finish for Newcastle after return

Jonas Gutierrez has targeted a top-10 finish with Newcastle after returning to the squad for the win against Aston Villa.

Mail Box

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

Rodgers Is More Of A Paisley Than A Rafa

Most Liverpool fans in the Mailbox are claiming to be pleased to see the back of the Europa League. Plus merging the Europa and Champions League, and winter WC...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company