Jose Mourinho has played down Chelsea's chance of wining the Premier League title this season, even if he was man of the moment against Manchester City last Monday evening.
Mourinho's Blues, somewhat aided by the mental advantage he had afforded them with his controversial approach in the build up to the game, emerged unlikely victors against City, pippin them 1-0. But the Special One has refused to chance his stance on Chelsea's title credentials, insisting that his team isn't the finished product just yet.
"I don't agree we are title contenders," the Portuguese boss said.
"We are a team in evolution".
Chelsea have now beaten City twice this season, becoming the first team to do the double over them since Everton in 2010-2011, and the first team to win at the Etihad stadium this season.
Chelsea's manager added: "We have beaten the best team, Manchester City, twice but they are the best team. I am not saying we are better than them but we were the best team.
"We do better in these big games because we love it. We love the big games and when you love it maybe you feel an extra motivation."
But the 51-years-old was not the only one who put Chelsea's chance down.
"In my opinion, City are still the biggest favourites to win the title", said Chelsea's goalkeeper Peter Cech, who backed-up his coach.
"Arsenal are two points above them but for us nothing changes. We are carrying on and need to confirm this win with another in the home match versus Newcastle."
Although a deserved win, Mourinho still believes that Chelsea's rivals for the tittle have a better chance to win it this year.
"The title race is between two horses and a little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump," said the 51-years-old who wants to repeat the success he enjoyed when he was in charge of Chelsea the first time around.
"Maybe next season we can race," he added.
"I want to start the next pre-season and say this season we are going to win the league. This season, I can't."
Chelsea are currently in third place, only three points behind league leaders Arsenal. They still have to face Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in March and then Liverpool in April.
Mourinho's men will be back at the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup fifth round on the 15 of February, and could expect another victory over Manchester City which would send a serious message to Manuel Pellegrini's side.
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