The Blue’s 3-1 West London derby win over Fulham, as well as Arsenal’s loss to Stoke, opened up a four point gap at the Premier League summit.
The Citizens were participating in the Capital One Cup final Sunday – winning 3-1 against Sunderland – and have slipped into fourth place, six points away from Chelsea.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side however have two games in hand which given two wins, will push them right back to the top.
This makes Mourinho believe that City are still the favorites, with his team unlikely to take maximum points from the last 10 remaining fixtures.
“I prefer to have the destiny in my hands, and only City have destiny in their hands,” he told Sky Sports.
“If I win every game until the end of the season, all 10 – which we won’t – maybe we are not champions.
“If they win all 12 games they have, they are champions. They have their destiny in their hands.”
‘The Special One’ then went on to explain his reasoning behind using Fernando Torres and Demba Ba over Samuel Eto’o against Fulham.
“There’s nothing wrong with Samuel. I just felt in this kind of match – away from home, against normally defensive teams, aggressive defenders – I thought to go with Fernando and, if I need to risk in the last part of the game, I’d use Demba.