Jose Mourinho: Chelsea aren’t interested in statistics, just points

The manager was responding to Manchester United dominating the stats in the Blues' win at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Sky Sports, quoted in the Daily Mail that Chelsea aren’t interested in statistics, it is all about winning points.

The Portuguese manager’s side defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, courtesy of Eden Hazard’s goal, to move a step closer to the Premier League title.

The Premier League would be their second trophy of the season after success in the Capital One Cup earlier in the campaign, and their first title in five years, as well as their first during Mourinho’s second stint in charge.

However, United dominated the game, with the statistics going in their favour in all departments. The Chelsea boss though, says his side aren’t interested in that regard.

“It could be 99% [possession], when you decide to play the game strategically you don’t care about stats; you care just about the points,” he said.

“We were very well prepared for them and to make some of their important players disappear. I know what people can think but football is talent and strategy is also very important on some days.”

Mourinho also insisted that the game went exactly how his team had planned beforehand, as they sought to go 10 points clear at the top of the table.

The manager decided to employ young defender Kurt Zouma in an unfamiliar defensive midfield position, meaning Chelsea often lined up in the game with five at the back.

It was a strategy that worked, with his side nullifying United’s threatening players such as Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney, although the failure to get a second goal was recognised by the Blues boss.

“The game was the game we wanted, exactly the game we wanted,” he added.

“The only thing that we couldn’t do was to kill the game with a second goal in the few chances we knew we were going to have. [Now] we are focused on us, we know that we have six matches to play and we know that we need eight points.”

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