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Chelsea boss insists: The title is Manchester City's to lose

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The two managers are going at it again
The two managers are going at it again.

Jose Mourinho has yet again insisted that Manchester City are favourites to win the title, and not Chelsea.

Mourinho has been keen to downplay his side's chances of winning their first league crown since 2010 in recent weeks, recently describing Chelsea as a 'little horse' in the title race.

Instead, the Special One believes Manchester City are the favourites to clinch the Premier League title - a belief he has reiterated to the media once more.

The Chelsea boss insists that the title is Manchester City's to lose because they have their destiny in 'their own hands'.

"I prefer to have the destiny in my hands, and only Manchester City have destiny in their hands," he told reporters.

"If I win every game until the end of the season, all 10 - which we won't - maybe we are not champions.

"If they win all 12 games they have, they are champions. Manchester City have their destiny in their hands."

The Chelsea manager also spoke about his decision to restore Fernando Torres to his starting XI ahead of Samuel Eto'o in the Champions League against Galatasaray, and in the Premier League on Saturday against Fulham.

Mourinho appeared to make derogatory remarks about Eto'o's age during a recent interview with French television station Canal+. 

The Portuguese manager insists that he was being secretly filmed without his permission - but claims the Cameroonian's absence is nothing to do with that incident.

He said: "There's nothing wrong with Samuel. I just felt in this kind of match - away from home, against normally defensive teams, aggressive defenders - I thought to go with Fernando and, if I need to risk in the last part of the game, I'd use Demba.

"You see, Eto'o scores goals but at home. He scores in the league, in the Champions League but all of them at home.

"Playing away is more difficult for him. I think he is our best striker to play at home because of his technique, his movement and his understanding with Eden (Hazard) and Oscar.

"For me, he is best to play at home. Away he is showing some difficulties."

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