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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho credited an unexpected source for his team's 1-0 win at Manchester City, reports David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.
The Blues re-ignited the title chase with their win, but while the papers pointed to a tactical masterclass by Mourinho, the manager says club masseur Billy McCulloch was the inspiration:
I didn't speak to the team. I am serious! It was Billy the masseur who spoke to them.
He was screaming so much in a Scottish accent, going grrr, grrr grrr, that I didn't understand...but the players were clapping so they must have got it!
I am serious. The last time I spoke to them was at lunchtime. It was Billy’s team talk I'm telling you. Billy was fantastic today, I didn't understand, but it looks like the players they did understand.
Mourinho also played down his team's Premier League title hopes, using horse racing for his analogy with City and Arsenal leading the field:
It’s two big horses and the little horse, who is a nice horse, but a horse that still needs milk and to learn how to jump; a horse that, next season, can race.
The jockey? That’s Billy!
But I don’t agree we can win the league. You can see we lost points at home to West Brom and West Ham, we lost at Stoke and Newcastle, we are a team in evolution. But this is the kind of performance that helps the team to grow up a lot.