Mourinho has TWO reasons for playing down title hopes, says ex-Chelsea man

Former Chelsea player Frank Sinclair believes the Blues will win the title and gives his reasons for Mourinho's mind-games.

Win today and Chelsea will go 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. And perhaps then, even Jose Mourinho will accept that his side are in the box-seat for the title.

But then again, perhaps not; because the Blues’ boss is playing his cards very close to his chest when it comes to his side’s title chances, and wisely so.

Time and again he has said it is Manchester City’s to lose, given their games in hand. But one former Chelsea player believes his old club may just have it in the bag.

Speaking to Talk Sport on Saturday, Frank Sinclair said, “I can’t see Chelsea not winning the title.

“I think Manchester City are under pressure now after the week they’ve had, going out of two competitions. They’re under major pressure to bounce back from that, whereas Chelsea aren’t.”

That may well be the case, given the fact that Manuel Pellegrini’s men have crashed out of the FA Cup and the Champions League in the space of just four days. But what of Mourinho’s constant push for Chelsea to be discounted?

I think he’s playing down (their hopes of) winning the title because he knows his players,” Sinclair added.

There are two reasons to do it. One would be to not put the players under pressure and make them feel relaxed in the final push.

“The second is to motivate the players. He’s basically telling a group of players they’re not quite ready yet. That will be the biggest motivation ever because they will be thinking they are ready and can win it this year.”

Chelsea most certainly are ready, as their form, league position and the players at Mourinho’s disposal all contest to.

The artist formerly known as the special one has been in the game long enough to know how to get the best out of his team. And to win the title in his first season back in a country in which he has enjoyed some of his greatest moments – there would be few victories sweeter than that.

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