Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho celebrated his 100th win in the English Premier League with a resounding 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday.
Samuel Eto’o scored a hat-trick on the day in a match where Mourinho admits his side were not at their best for long periods of the game.
Still, Mourinho says he is happy to pick up the three points and in the end it was a victory he felt his side deserved.
“More important than anything is the three points today,” said Mourinho.
“Of course it is nice and 100 victories in the Premier League is obviously one more fantastic thing for my career, but the most important thing is really to win the match.
“It was a very difficult match, a match where it is too hard for them to be losing 2-0 at half-time.
“They started better than us, they were stronger than us in the beginning and we scored (the) first goal without being in control of the game and the second is too hard for them.
“In the second half we started better and had control of the game for long periods before maybe fatigue or being comfortable with the advantage. They had some spirit and initiative and with their goal the game was open, but I think we deserved three points.
“It is three important points for us because it now opens a gap between us and Man United and Liverpool and we are still in contact with Arsenal and Manchester City.
“I think Man United had a good game first-half and losing like that is not easy, but I imagine they will be better and better and become the big team they are.”
Mourinho added that the loss for United probably spelled the end of their title challenge, and that they will now be fighting for a place in the top four.
“Man United is Man United, mathematically it is possible, but it is hard,” added Mourinho.
“It is 14 for Arsenal, but also 13 for City and 12 to us, so maybe one team might collapse, but for all three teams to collapse to do that and lose so many points, I think is difficult.
“So for them I think it is the fight to finish top four which I think they can do. It is difficult, but with that pride and tradition they will fight and hopefully they win against the other contenders as we don't play against them in the league.”