Mourinho says six teams still in race for Premier League title
José Mourinho has once again stated that there are six teams in the race for the title despite the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham falling several points behind leaders Arsenal. Chelsea go into the second match of December trailing Arsenal by four points. Their commitments in the League Cup mean that Mourinho will have to be worried about an extra set of fixtures in addition to the packed December schedule.
Manchester United and Tottenham are nine and 10 points behind Arsenal respectively after the 2-2 draw on Sunday. Clubs that are usually so many points behind with only a couple of weeks before Christmas are ruled out of the title race, but Mourinho does not think the same way. Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the Sunderland trip, he said:
"I don't think we can speak about favourites but we can say that one team is top of the league and some are a little bit far (behind) but I keep thinking that all the six teams are title contenders.
"I keep saying the team with more responsibilities to win it, because their squad is quite unique (sic), is Manchester City.
"Spurs and United know if teams reduce (their points gap) from 10 to seven, or to six, they are again into the race."
Liverpool have also dropped seven points behind Arsenal, but they could come back into the race due to the less number of fixtures over the next four weeks. The lack of Europa League and League Cup should benefit Liverpool in this regard.
Mourinho has once again praised Manchester City as the club having the best squad in the division. It is tough to argue with this fact especially when it comes to home form. City have scored more goals at home than other teams have done home and away this campaign. They are simply ruthless at the Etihad stadium, but they have given up a lot of points away from home. Mourinho's praise of City may be more of his mind games, as it would undoubtedly put more pressure on City's squad.
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Apart from Brazilian's Oscar and David Luiz, Mourinho is expected to have a fully fit squad. He said that Samuel Eto'o is back in contention for a starting spot after being taken off with a groin injury against FC Basel.
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