City favourite to win title: Mourinho

City favourite to win title: Mourinho



 Manchester City are still favourites to win the Premier League and are the "Jaguar" car in the title race, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Despite watching his side move to the top of the table with a 3-0 home win over Newcastle United on Saturday, Mourinho said Chelsea's only aim was to qualify for the Champions League.

The Portugese manager also said it was time to stop comparing the race for the title to horses, instead opting for a car metaphor in which he inferred his team are still learner drivers.

"It's time to kill (talk of) the horses," Mourinho, who described his team as a "little horse" in the title race after beating City on Monday, told the BBC.

"Manchester City is a Jaguar. You cannot put an L-plate behind a Jaguar. We are what we are and we know where we want to go and this season we only have one objective, which is to finish top four."

Arsenal's 5-1 thrashing at Liverpool and City's 0-0 draw at Norwich City on Saturday left Chelsea a point clear at the top but Mourinho again played down his team's chances of being crowned Premier League champions for the first time since 2010.

"We are happy with what we are doing and at this moment in time we are top," he said. "That is great, but we want to play well and improve and that is it.

"I want to secure a Champions League position and the further we are from fifth place, then we can begin to think about other things. For now, my concern is increasing the gap between ourselves and fifth."

Chelsea host fifth-placed Everton on Feb 22 but first travel to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Tuesday and visit Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.

Adebayor sparkles

A stunning finish from Emmanuel Adebayor helped Tottenham Hotspur beat Everton 1-0 to move above their top-four rivals on Sunday.

Tottenham were second best for most of the match as Everton confidently dominated possession, but they were left to rue their lack of a cutting edge when Adebayor fired powerfully into the bottom corner midway through the second half. It was the his sixth goal in his last eight matches. Tottenham, who had won just two of their previous 13 league games against Everton, are now fifth in the table on 47 points.

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