José Mourinho has played down Chelsea’s title chances after a tactical 1-0 master-class against Manchester City last night, The Guardian reports.

Mourinho described his side as the “little horse” in the three-way Premier League title race between Manchester City, Arsenal, and themselves.

Branislav Ivanovic’s belter was enough to secure a 1-0 win at the Etihad and bring the Blues level on 53 points with City, while current leaders Arsenal have 55.

The game was also the first time in 63 matches that Manchester City have failed to score at home, a run stretching all the way back to 13 November 2010, a 0-0 draw against Birmingham City.

Prompted whether his side could win the title, Mourinho replied, “”I don’t agree. We lost points at home against West Brom, against West Ham, we lost at Stoke, we lost at Newcastle. We are a team in evolution but this is the kind of performance that helps the team to grow up a lot, tactically, mentally, I think it was fantastic.

“The next pre-season, me and my players will say openly that we are mature, solid from day one and are candidates for the league. This season is about evolution.” He said of Manchester City: “We can [win the title] if they lose it.

“Arsenal are working for many, many years for the evolution of their team. What we are doing this season is what Arsenal have been building to for years. It means nothing for us to come here and park the bus and win 1-0 in a lucky situation. The evolution is more important.”

The ‘Special One’ also stated that out of the three title contenders, Chelsea are the outside bet.

“Two horses and a little horse. A little horse who needs milk and to learn how to jump,” he said.

 

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