Jose Mourinho again played down the chances of Chelsea winning the league yesterday, insisting that first and foremost they are concentrating on a top four finish.
The Special One spoke after watching his side's comfortable victory against Alan Pardew's Newcastle team. The Blues cruised to a 3-0 win, all goals coming from Eden Hazard.
Chelsea were first put ahead in the 27th minute when Branislav Ivanovic's lay off was neatly placed in the bottom corner by Hazard from just outside the penalty area. The Belgian midfielder was awarded his second when a lovely bit of one-touch passing with team mate Samuel Eto'o set him up perfectly to finish in the opposite corner from eight yards out and give Chelsea a two goal cushion within 35 minutes.
Newcastle's best chances came from Moussa Sissoko and Sylvain Marveaux but neither of them were able to place the ball in the back of the net when Blues keeper Petr Cech came rushing out towards the ball.
Limited to their chances, Newcastle conceded a penalty in the 62nd minute when Eto'o was pulled down by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in plain sight for referee Howard Webb, who immediately pointed to the spot. Hazard stepped up and left Tim Krul deserted in the middle of his goal to round off his first hat-trick for Chelsea.
In the same day, Manchester City were held to a goalless draw against Norwich City at Carrow Road. Meanwhile, Brendan Rodger's Liverpool thrashed Arsenal at Anfield 5-1 to prevent the Gunners extending their run at the top of the Premier League. All of these results played to Chelsea's favour and meant they were able to go top with a one point lead over Arsenal.
However despite this, Jose Mourinho insisted that he is not focused on finishing first just yet.
He said: "We are what we are and we know where we want to go and this season, we have only one objective, which is to finish top four. People individually are in a good moment and we are getting results. We are top of the league and that's something we can't hide."
Only two points separate the teams in the top three and recently City and Arsenal are both showing signs of mounting pressure. City have gone two games without scoring now and were defeated by Chelsea earlier on in the week, whereas Arsenal were hammered by fourth place Liverpool.
Chelsea however show no signs of slowing down and although Mourinho is certain that he is just aiming for a Champions League finish, speculation is beginning to mount that he can take his side all the way.
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