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Mourinho: Close Premier League helps us

4 October 2013 17:45

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes that the competitive nature of this season's Premier League will help his inconsistent side.

The Portuguese manager has spoken candidly about his side's development this season, making it clear that they still have significant improvement ahead of them.

But the openness of England's top flight this season will play into their hands, according to Mourinho, with several sides capable of taking points off each other.

And Mourinho, who pointed to his club's tough fixture list, feels that it might take until December for any side to open up a significant lead at the top of the table.

"In this moment, we are not strong enough to be dominant every match and to win consecutively," Mourinho said.

"I speak about my team, not the others. Every weekend, somebody loses points.

"Arsenal (lost their) first fixture, City lost second game, we and United on third, we lost on fourth (week), then Liverpool and Tottenham.

"(The) league will be open until the end. Some clubs (are) benefitting from fixtures, United had most difficult start, immediately followed by us, the others not so much.

"(By the) end of November, early December everyone has played everyone. We will find out that one team is a bit ahead."


Chelsea visit Carrow Road to face Norwich City in their next Premier League test on Sunday.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
6 October 2013
Game week
7
Kick-off
14:30
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
1 - 3
Venue
Carrow Road (Norwich, Norfolk)
Attendance
26840

Goals

0 - 1
4' Oscar
 (assist by D. Ba)
1 - 1
1 - 2
1 - 3
86' Willian

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
29
17 85'
22 86'
5
23
24
28

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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