Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, insists his ‘team in evolution’ remain outsiders in the three-horse title race in the English Premier League despite their 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night.
Branislav Ivanovic’s goal stopped City’s 100 percent Premier League home record and the 1-0 was the first time after 61 games that the Citizens didn’t score in front of their home crowd.
But despite levelling points with yesterday’s opponents, just two points behind log leaders Arsenal, Jose Mourinho maintains that his side are not ready to compete for the title, yet.
"Two horses and a little horse that still needs milk and to learn how to jump. A horse that next season can race," was the Portuguese's assessment of Chelsea’s chances.
"I don't agree (with their title credentials). 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."
After they had already won the return match 2-1, the victory ensured Chelsea became the first team to do the double over City since Everton in 2010-11.
"We beat them twice but they are the best team," added Mourinho, who revealed masseur Billy McCulloch gave his team-talk in the dressing room.
"I didn't speak. It was Billy the masseur that spoke to the team. He was screaming so much in Scottish I didn't understand him but the players were clapping. It was Billy's team-talk."
Chelsea also stopped City’s 19-games unbeaten run in all competitions and proved why no other Premier League team has won more games at the Etihad Stadium than the Blues.
"Today we won because we were the best team. We defended very well, we were very compact, we deserved it.
"A victory is a victory but a victory against a very good team is better than a victory against an ordinary team. More credit to my players.
"We love the big games. Obviously when you love it maybe you feel extra motivated for that and I keep saying, the best thing for the evolution of this team is not to play Europa League, not to be 15-20 points behind the leader but with pressure to be there, to be close to the leaders.
"When we played Arsenal at the Emirates Arsenal were the leaders.
"(This weekend) City were the leaders. This is the best thing that can happen to this team.
"Maybe Arsenal deserve it more than us. They are top of the league and they are the favourites. We go behind them and play and watch."
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