Mourinho rules out title challenge

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has ruled out the possibility of defending the title, despite halting a three-match losing streak with their 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday.

The Blues recorded only their fourth Premier League victory of the season, courtesy of Diego Costa's 64th-minute winner at Stamford Bridge, and Mourinho admitted to feeling relieved.

The defending champions made ground on Manchester City, who lost 4-1 to Liverpool later in the day, but they are still 14 points adrift of the league summit and the Portuguese coach conceded the gap is too great to make up.

However, the 52-year-old believes his side can still finish in the top four, which will guarantee Champions League football next term, although he claims it will still be a challenge.

"It's a bit of a relief," Mourinho said in his post-match interview. "The pressure was there – I was feeling, the players were feeling too. We coped well with that and we got a result which obviously we needed very, very much.

"Fourth position for me is not an impossible mission. If you ask me the title I would say impossible mission. Maybe Tom Cruise can do it [but] it's complicated because you have to recover points from four candidates.

"But to grab one of the [teams] that go up and will also have a little bit of a collapse… the fourth position is a difficult position but a possible target."

Commenting on the performance against the Canaries, he added: "We should score three, four, five goals, and we didn't. You get a little bit disappointed with the way things go.

"After the goal you had [Kurt] Zouma hit the post. If he doesn't touch the ball it's a goal. Then in the last four minutes you are there and you think maybe we score in our own goal in the last minute."

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