Triumphant Chelsea have rubbed salt in the wounds of Brendan Rodgers and his Liverpool team over their fading title dream.
Chelsea star André Schürrle hit back at Ulsterman Rodgers' criticism of rival Jose Mourinho's approach at Anfield on Sunday, accusing him of "jealousy".
Schürrle played a key role in Chelsea's 2-0 win that removed Liverpool's hopes of a first title in 24 years from Rodgers' hands and gave the initiative to Manchester City. Chelsea were accused of "parking two buses" by Rodgers, whose most caustic words were saved for his former mentor Mourinho when he said: "It is not difficult to coach to just get 10 players right on your 18-yard box."
But Germany international Schürrle responded with a reality check for Rodgers, insisting: "Winning is what matters. It's the most important thing. You can play perfect football, lots of one-touch stuff, and you lose, but that's not what you want – you want to win.
"There's no point in playing well and losing. If our plan is to win playing this way and we win, then it is perfect. If people look at us and say 'Chelsea can't play', even when we win, it's just because they're jealous.
"Mourinho said we needed to be perfect defensively and that is what I tried. We need to show we could be in a fight, a battle, and win it.
"If that means we have to be willing to do something that earns a yellow card, then we have to be ready to do that for each other and I'm happy to do that."
Chelsea expect captain John Terry to return for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid tomorrow night, having turned his ankle in the 0-0 away game. It is also expected that Ashley Cole will keep his place in the back four.