Jose Mourinho has responded to criticism of Chelsea’s Champions League exit at the hands of Paris St-Germain by telling the media the Blues will win the Premier League title this season.
Despite playing against ten men for 90 of the 120 minutes against the Ligue 1 side at Stamford Bridge – and twice taking the lead – Chelsea were knocked out on away goals.
Mourinho says the matter is forgotten and he wants to focus instead on completing the task of winning the Premier League title. He claims the setback against PSG has not changed that what will happen in the league.
“The people who went out last Wednesday are the same who’ve been top of the league since day one,” said the Chelsea boss. “They are the same people who won the Capital One Cup and the same people who are going to win the Premier League.”
Chelsea enjoy a healthy five-point lead over current champions Manchester City, as well as having played a game less than Manuel Pellegrini’s team.
City could trim that lead by winning at Burnley on Saturday, before Chelsea face Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Having led the title race from day one, Mourinho wants to bring it to a satisfactory end – while consigning the Champions League saga to history.
He stated: “We closed the chapter, but we still have the book to write. We have 11 more matches to finish the book.”
“Let’s see if the last page of the book is with the Premier League trophy in our hands.”
Chelsea are 1.60 to beat Southampton (5.95) with the draw 3.61.