Jose Mourinho says Chelsea lack 'balls' in title race

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says his side lacked 'balls' and believes they are now out of the title race after going down 1-0 against Crystal Palace yesterday.

A John Terry own goal was enough to consign the Blues to their second defeat in three league games at Selhurst Park.

Liverpool will have the chance to overturn Chelsea's one point lead at the top of the table when they take on Tottenham at Anfield later today, while Manchester City are just two points back from Mourinho's side with two games in hand.

Liverpool can win their first league title since 1990 if they win their remaining seven league games.

Asked after the game what he thought of his team's performance, Mourinho replied: “I will not say it in front of the TV cameras but will write it down on a piece of paper.” He then proceeded to write down the word 'balls' on a piece of paper.

There was a silver lining for the Chelsea boss however as Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw by Arsenal yesterday evening.

Despite that Mourinho, who has consistently insisted that his side aren't title contenders, says his team have blown their chances of winning the league.

“We depend too much on other results,” he explained. “When you depend a little, it's possible. When you depend a lot, I don't think it's possible. We depend now too much. I don't think now we can win the league.”

Mourinho made two changes to the team that beat Arsenal 6-0 last weekend, and the 'Special One' aimed a sly dig at some of his much-lauded attacking players who weren't strong enough to go toe-to-toe with Palace.

"[We struggled] mentality because the opponent beat us clearly on that," he said.

"Crystal Palace had a strong mentality, were aggressive and committed with every one of them playing to the top of their potential.

"Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry - they perform in the sun, on small pitches, on big pitches, against aggressive teams, not aggressive teams, possession teams and not possession teams. They perform every game from day one to last day.

"But you have other players who are fantastic in some games and they disappear in others."

Chelsea will now have to regroup in time for their Champions League showdown quarter-final first leg against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Prince on Wednesday.

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