Chelsea weekend round-up: Mourinho still makes City title favourites, Oscar linked with £40m exit

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Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 4-0 win over Tottenham. Goals from Samuel Eto'o, Eden Hazard and a Demba Ba brace handed Jose Mourinho's side an emphatic win, but the Blues boss continues to play down their chances of winning the title. Manchester City have three games in hand on Chelsea, and should Manuel Pellegrini's side win all three of those games, they will overtake Chelsea and head back to the top of the league - a position which Mourinho says he would rather be in.

"I would like to be in their position, because if they win the matches they are top of the league,' Mourinho said. "If we win the next nine matches, we may not be champions. If Manchester City win the 12 matches they have, they are champions. They have their destiny in their hands and we don’t have ours. I would prefer to have my destiny in my hands. It doesn’t depend on us. It depends on them."

Chelsea's preparations for the Spurs game yesterday were dealt a late blow as striker Fernando Torres picked up a groin strain which ruled him out of the game. Samuel Eto'o started the game and hit the opening goal, whilst substitute Demba Ba scored twice late on, and those two may have to carry the load up front for some time yet, as Mourinho confirmed Torres would be out for around two weeks.

"It was muscular, a big surprise because he didn't go to the national team, he stayed with us and had his rest and training. Sometimes these things happen. In the warm-up he felt something in his groin, with muscles even with a little thing you are out for a couple of weeks. We lost him but the other two scored goals today, that's the reason we want to have three strikers in the squad. For strikers, a goal is always a vitamin," he said.

Meanwhile, playmaker Oscar has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Ligue 1 big spenders Paris Saint-Germain eyeing up a move for the Brazilian. The French side have been linked with a £40m swoop for the 22-year-old, who cost Chelsea £25m back in 2012, but it would be surprising to see Mourinho part with such a key part of his team.

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