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Jose Mourinho not ready to give up on title

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With Graham Luney

The Premier League title race in England is building towards to an exciting climax, but it's not only events on the pitch that keep us talking.

At the business end of the season the mind games kick in and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has waded into the verbal warfare by declaring his side out of the running for the title.

After watching his side slip to a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace – a second surprise defeat in the space of a fortnight after the loss to Aston Villa – Mourinho remarked: "I think it is now impossible to win the title. We depend too much on other results."

He added: "Since the beginning of the season I am just trying to win without thinking too much about positions and about points."

All the former Real Madrid boss is doing is downplaying his side's title hopes in a bid to take the pressure off his players.

Earlier in the campaign he said: "The title race is between two horses and a little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump. Maybe next season we can race."

Mourinho may enjoy saying his side are not genuine contenders, but his side sat top of the table at the end of February and the Portuguese boss has never lost a title from that position in seven times of asking.

He will fight to the end and he expects his players to show the same hunger.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, Manchester City chief Manuel Pellegrini and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can say what they want, but they share the same thoughts.

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