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The current campaign is one of the most open in the history of the division as there are, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, six teams still challenging for the Premier League crown: Arsenal, the Blues, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
'United are nine points behind Arsenal, while Tottenham are ten behind. It is a gap,' he said to the media during a pre-match press conference earlier today, Tuesday. 'It is not a gap for us because we are speaking about five or six points, that is not a gap. It is something that in two matches can be over, but nine or ten points is a gap.
'I keep saying there is a lot of games to play in December, and at the beginning of January we can have a look and see if all six are within shorter distances.'
While Mourinho still counts United and Spurs in it, they may find themselves with too much of a mountain to climb in the second half of the season should they suffer a further loss or a couple of draws during the congested winter fixture pile-up.
'Spurs and United know that the next step is to reduce from ten to seven or from nine to six, which will get them back in to the race, but they know that if the next move is from ten to 13 it becomes hard. Arsenal are much more comfortable because they can slide in one match and nothing matters to them but some teams know the next slide could be crucial.
'I don't think we can talk about favourites. All of the six teams are title contenders but I keep saying the club with the most pressure to win it, because their squad is quite unique, is Manchester City.'
And finally, John Terry's father, Edward Terry will stand trial on account of racial assault.
As per a report on the BBC: 'Edward Terry, also known as Ted, pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey to charges of racially aggravated common assault and racially aggravated fear of violence.'
Ted, 59, will face trial on March 17, 2014 regarding an alleged incident in Fenchurch Street, March 22, 2013.
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