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'Arsenal still favourites', says Jose Mourinho after Chelsea victory

Jose Mourinho insists Arsenal are the favourites to win the title race as his side sits third behind Manchester City.

Despite ending City's 100 per cent home league record, and becoming the first side since Birmingham in November 2010 to prevent City scoring at home in the Premier League, the Chelsea boss still sees his side as the outsiders:

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.

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.

The Chelsea boss' assessment of the title race was typically Mourinho.

Two horses and a little horse that still needs milk and to learn how to jump. A horse that next season can race.

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.

– Jose Mourinho, Chelsea manager

Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic celebrates scoring the winning goal Credit: Reuters

Chelsea beat Manchester City tonight in a top of the table clash at the Etihad Stadium. Branislav Ivanovic's goal ended City's chance to be top of the Premier League.

Samuel Eto'o, Nemanja Matic and Gary Cahill all hit the woodwork as Chelsea looked the better team throughout.


'Attitudes change' over the way clubs spend cash

In my time we were accused of buying the title, no? Because our owner was Mr Abramovich, just arrived in the country. Maybe now people see City in a different way.

Times change. Maybe 10 years ago a huge investment in the club was something that people hated and in this moment it's something people accept in a different way.

Probably, if UEFA goes with Financial Fair Play until the last consequence and they explain really to the people what Financial Fair Play means, maybe in that moment people will realise that some teams are different to other teams.

But it's something I don't think about at this moment.

– Jose Mourinho, Chelsea manager

Chelsea 'can't compete' with the cash of Manchester City

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says it will be "impossible" for clubs to compete with Manchester City, if Financial Fair Play is not enforced.

Financial Fair Play rules were introduced to stop football clubs spending more than they earn.

Jose Mourinho Credit: Press Association

City's vast spending in an era of Financial Fair Play has come in for repeated criticism from Mourinho - he wants to see the economic regulations are enforced by European football's governing body UEFA. Jose Mourinho said:

"If they (football's authorities) want to make it impossible (to compete with City), it's impossible. (Chelsea) are not competing outside what is important for us, the 'fair' Financial Fair Play.

"We are working, thinking and believing that Financial Fair Play is going to be in practice. So there are things that are impossible for us (to do)."

Chelsea facing the 'ultimate challenge' against Manchester City

Gary Cahill says Chelsea face the "ultimate challenge" when travelling to Premier League leaders Manchester City on Monday.

Chelsea on Wednesday night recorded a seventh clean sheet in nine games in all competitions in a goalless draw with West Ham which left Jose Mourinho so frustrated he described Sam Allardyce's tactics as from the 19th century.

Chelsea's Gary Cahill Credit: Press Association

City boast a 100 per cent record from 11 home games, scoring 42 goals in the process.

Gary Cahill told Chelsea TV: "They're banging goals in left, right and centre. It's going to be really tough. We had a really good result against them at home; away from home (at the Etihad Stadium) they've been so, so strong.

"I suppose it's the ultimate test. It's going to be a really, really tough game. We've got to try to look forward to those games and going there on Monday is exciting."


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Many City and Wigan fans head south for Cup final

Coach loads of Man City fans have set off for London from the Etihad Stadium Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Supporters of Lancashire football clubs Manchester City and Wigan have begun their journey to London for the sides' FA Cup final clash.

The teams meet at Wembley at 5.15pm, with coverage starting on ITV at 3:15pm.

Follow the big match build-up on the ITV Sport website.

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Martinez: 'Wigan need to cope with demands of FA Cup'

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez Credit: Clint Hughes/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has said his team needs to be able to cope with the demands of the both the Premier League and the FA Cup.

He said: "People want to talk about which competition we prefer, we want both. It's clear that we need to cope with the demands of both competitions.

"It's something we want to get through. Reaching the FA Cup final is a momentous moment for the football club."

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Mancini is taking no notice of the form for FA Cup final

City are anxious to claim the FA Cup as consolation following their failure to defend the Barclays Premier League title they won last season.

They are odds-on favourites against the Latics, whose progress to the final has been overshadowed by their battle against the drop.

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez (left) with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

But Mancini is taking no notice of the form book and has warned his team must be on top of their game, much like his old Sampdoria team were then they thrashed Serie B Ancona 6-1 in the second leg of 1994 Coppa Italia final.

He said: "I played Sampdoria-Ancona, Italian Cup, many years ago."In England it is totally different because if you play against team who plays for relegation, if you want to win, you should play not 100, but 200 per cent.

"For them it is the best moment in their life. If you don't play well, if you don't play a good game, you can't win."

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