Chelsea fans react to City win on Twitter: Bonkers Mourinho lost his marbles

Fans of the Stamford Bridge side delighted in their tactical triumph over Manchester City but say Mourinho's barking for discounting them from title race.

The gap between the top three in the Premier League is as tight as ever after Chelsea defeated Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday, February 3 thanks to a Branislav Ivanovic strike.

The Blues - apparent underdogs in the race for the title, according to Jose Mourinho - share the same point haul as City - 53 - and are just a brace of points below Arsenal.

Yet last night's result has wider ramifications than just closing the gap at the head of the division as, in 45 minutes, according to industry professionals, Mourinho destroyed a seemingly invincible aura that Manuel Pellegrini and City took a whole season to create.

Chelsea demonstrated that City are beatable, that they can be contained, even dominated in midfield and so a potential fear factor may have been eliminated for future opponents of a side who have oft slayed teams by six-goal margins.

Chelsea's supporters have credited Mourinho for the victory, lauding his tactical acumen, his ability to get the best out of players such as John Terry and Gary Cahill, to make Eden Hazard realise his potential and for signing Nemanja Matic, who excelled in a three-man midfield.

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