Mourinho reacts to United 2 Chelsea 0

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2017

Despite that miss, Jurgen Klopp's side secured a fifth win in seven games, sending West Brom to a third straight defeat.

Ander Herrera scored one goal, set up another and executed the ideal man-marking job on Eden Hazard to set up Manchester United's 2-0 win over Chelsea that opened up the Premier League title race on Sunday.

Herrera's main job was to mark Eden Hazard out of the game, which he did expertly, but he also set up Marcus Rashford for the opening goal - albeit after handling the ball - and then scored the second via a deflection.

United went into the break with their 1-0 advantage intact with Chelsea rarely threatening an equaliser.

"They showed more desire, more ambition, more motivation". "It's very simple, but in this case it is the fault of the coach. It means the coach was not able to transfer the right concentration, desire, ambition to win this game", he said.

"There are six finals until now and the end. The league is open and we have a 50 per cent probability to win the league".

A potential barometer of where the two title contenders stand will come in next weekend's FA Cup semi-final, with Chelsea and Spurs meeting at Wembley.

Conte, who won three Serie A titles in charge of Juventus, insisted the pressure of the title battle would not get to him.

"Of course it's a different competition so it's hard to say, but it's a big game for us".

"I prefer to fight for the title instead of don't fight for the title and stay calm". We are lucky to have the pressure. "To play this type of game from now and until the end, we must have great enthusiasm, great motivation to try to reach the target".

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville may be squirming with frustration if the Red Devils make a move for Mesut Ozil this summer.

"I don't feel extra joy at beating Chelsea", he said.

"We knew that playing this way would be very hard for them".

On paper, the rest of their fixtures look eminently winnable, but when you consider them in context, it's hard not to think that Middlesborough, Watford and Sunderland will give them a real game - their survival might depend on it (although Sunderland are likely to have been relegated by the time they visit Stamford Bridge). "We can be very happy".

United enhanced their chances of finishing inside the top four and they are 7/2 to do just that.

Mourinho was goaded with chants of "Judas" during United's FA Cup defeat at Stamford Bridge, but he said he took no special satisfaction from getting one over on his former club.

"But it's a great feeling to know that it's hard for us to lose a match, people fight until the end".

He added: "If he was subdued in his interview after the game I think you can accept that because his team just haven't performed today".

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