Feb 3, 2014 at 8pm UK at ‚ÄčEtihad Stadium
Man CityManchester City
0-1
Chelsea

Demichelis (37'), Kolarov (42'), Nastasic (87')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Ivanovic (32')
Ivanovic (33'), Matic (40'), Willian (90')

Jose Mourinho: 'Chelsea thrive in big games'

Mourinho: 'Chelsea thrive in big games'
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Jose Mourinho insists that Chelsea's success against their closest rivals this season is due to a love of the big games.

Jose Mourinho has claimed that Chelsea's success against England's other elite clubs this season is down to their love of important matches, and not because they are Premier League title challengers.

The Blues ended Manchester City's 100% home record under Manuel Pellegrini with a 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Monday, but Mourinho immediately dismissed their chances of winning the Premier League.

"Because we love the big games, that why we do well in them," the Chelsea manager told reporters at a post-match press conference. "When you love the big games, you feel extra motivated for them.

"I keep saying the evolution of this team is not to play the Europa League and be 20 points behind in the Premier League, but to play the the big games like this with pressure. And we showed aesthetically mentally we were fantastic.

"But I don't agree we can win the league. You can see we lost points at home to West Brom and West Ham, we lost at Stoke and Newcastle, we are a team in evolution. But this is the kind of performance that helps the team to grow up a lot."

The result moved Chelsea level on points with City in the table, but they still trail leaders Arsenal by two points.

Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Manchester City during their Premier League match on February 3, 2014
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2Manchester UnitedMan Utd96212241820
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs96211961320
4Chelsea95131710716
5Arsenal95131712516
6Watford94321517-215
7Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9423108214
8Burnley934289-113
9Liverpool93421416-213
10Southampton933389-112
11Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9333710-312
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton9324910-111
13West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom9243710-310
14Leicester CityLeicester92341214-29
15Swansea CitySwansea9225610-48
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham9225817-98
17Stoke CityStoke92251020-108
18Everton9225718-118
19Bournemouth9216613-77
20Crystal Palace9108219-173