Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho feels that despite Manchester United trailing Arsenal by 12 points, the Red Devils could turn things around and offer a decent challenge for the title, according to the Metro.
The Chelsea manager is cautious not to rule out United regardless of their current position on the log, as well the fact that they have suffered back to back home defeats in the league.
“If it’s another club probably I would tell you it’s impossible, but with Man United I don’t say that, because of the potential of the team and because of the coach of the club,” the Portuguese boss said.
“They are calm, they support their manager, nobody touches the manager. They have a project, if they don’t win this season, they win next season."
“And because of that I think they’re still a contender. They will stick together, they will fight.”
The 50-year-old also feels that’s his main concern is ensuring that his side are still in the running for the league title come end of the season.
“I think everybody is capable, I’m not the one to say they’re not capable,” he added.
“We want to be there, we want to be close, we want to fight until the last moment, we want to improve, we want to win the next match.And hopefully by the end of the season, instead of being 25 or 14 points behind the leader, we are there.
“Whether we are champions or not, we are there.”
Mourinho’s men had the opportunity to remain in second position and one point behind league leaders, Arsenal, when his side took on Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday night. Unfortunately for Chelsea, they were beaten 3-2.
After the match the Special One gave his take on the game and told in no uncertain terms how disappointed he was by the result.
“I don’t feel comfortable enough to tell you what I think about the game,” said Mourinho.
"We’re in trouble.
“After 30 minutes we should have been winning 3-0 or 4-0 but we weren’t. When you play so well and it is so easy you find spaces, and when the three players behind the strikers were playing so well, you have to kill the game, and we didn't.
“We played amazingly well at the beginning of the game, [Juan] Mata, [Eden] Hazard and Schurrle played very, very, well.
“But we didn't score enough goals and, on top of that you make defensive mistakes and you concede.
“I think this team, is a team that has to score goals, has to capitalise on the production and the way we are playing, because after that we are not a physical team.
“We are not a team with the conditions to defend against physical teams, so I think we have to score when we have the game in our hands.”
Mourinho’s Chelsea currently lie third on the league table. The west London outfit's remaining league fixtures of 2013 see them host Crystal Palace, Swansea and Liverpool.
Their only away league fixture will be a trip to the Emirates Stadium where they will take on high-flying Arsenal in a match that could go some way to decide who lifts the Premier League trophy this season.
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