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Jose Mourinho watched his Chelsea side secure a “lucky” last-gasp 1-0 win against Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and stressed that they will “have to fight” if they are going to keep their place at top of Premier League.
The Portuguese tactician felt his players were about to drop two points in the enthralling race for the title as Everton had battled valiantly to seemingly secure a share of the spoils.
However when Phil Jagielka fouled Ramires wide out on the left in stoppage time, Frank Lampard’s subsequent free kick into the area was headed down by Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry bundled the ball home on his return from a three-match injury lay-off.
The win means Chelsea stay a point clear at the top of the table despite wins for Arsenal and Manchester City against Sunderland and Stoke respectively later on Saturday afternoon.
Mourinho admitted that there was an element of luck about the goal given that it was scored so late in the game, but he claimed his players “chased” it and “deserved” the victory.
In terms of the ongoing title race, he added: “Every victory keeps us there, every defeat or draw we lose a position.
“We just want to try to keep the position, not to give (it away) for free to the opponent.
“We have to fight, we have to play and it’s a good feeling to win in the end.
“The team wanted to win. You score, it’s fantastic. Even if you don’t score my feeling would be a positive feeling with them. They tried everything.”