Mourinho writes off Chelsea’s title chances, but is it premature?

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Jose Mourinho claims that it is “impossible” for Chelsea to win the Premier League, but is it really that bad for them?

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been playing down his side’s chances of winning the Premier League all season and now he has taken it up a notch.

Following the Blues’ 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday, the Portuguese claimed that it is “impossible” for them to clinch the title.

"Now it's impossible to win the title,” he told BBC Sport. "When you depend a little it's possible, when you depend a lot I don't think it is possible. Mathematically it is still possible but one thing is mathematics and another is reality."

At the time, the match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium had yet to kick off, so perhaps Mourinho was anticipating a victory for the Citizens.

However, the contest at the Emirates finished in a 1-1 draw, meaning that Chelsea are now two points ahead of third-placed City and five clear of Arsenal, who remain fourth.

Now, it gets interesting as far as the title race is concerned. Liverpool were not in action on Saturday and will instead play on Sunday. Victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield will take them two points clear of Chelsea at the top.

However, City have two games in hand, which means that if they emerge victorious in both, then they would go above both Chelsea and Liverpool to the top of the standings.

Mourinho is right in some ways. Chelsea do have to depend on other teams to win the title, especially on City, but there are enough number of games for them to get their challenge back on track.

This has been one of the most competitive and enthralling Premier League seasons in terms of the title race in recent years and has seen numerous twists and turns. Between now and May 11, there are bound to be a few more.

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