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Jose Mourinho insists both Manchester City and United are still in Premier League title race

Jose Mourinho had banned his players from watching the Liverpool - Manchester City match to ensure they remained focused ahead of the final. He also said that both City and Manchester United were still very much in the race for the Premier League title.

Jose Mourinho has insisted that the Premier League title race is still on

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho refused to get carried away by Sunday’s results and insisted that the Premier League title race was still wide open despite his team enjoying a comfortable five-point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand.

The Portuguese manager also picked out Manchester City and Manchester United as potential title contenders.

On the day when Chelsea won their first trophy of the season, after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Capital One Cup finals, closest rivals Manchester City slipped up in the Premier League as they lost 2-1 to Liverpool at Anfield. Chelsea had the weekend off from Premier League duties and now enjoy a five-point lead over City having played one game less.

However, Mourinho believes that the title is far from decided. He said, “It's in the hands of everyone. We have lots of difficult matches to play. City have difficult matches.”

“United are third [currently fourth, after Arsenal's win over Everton], right? Nine [10] points [behind]? They are in the title race too. Liverpool [beating Manchester City], I predicted that.”

Chelsea players were banned from watching the Liverpool-City match

Mourinho had also banned television from the hotel and the team bus before the final at Wembley to ensure his players didn’t get distracted by City's result against Liverpool.

He said, “I knew that was an impossible mission, but I didn't want the television on in the hotel or on the bus. I told them [the players] I didn't want any kind of manifestation or disappointment if City scored in the last minute, or Liverpool won. I wanted complete silence.”

“We were successful on that. But one member of my staff jumped up in the bus. Silvino [Louro, an assistant first-team coach]. I wanted to kill the guy. He broke the rule.”

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