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Mourinho puts game in perspective

Last Updated: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:36
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Jose Mourinho is well aware his Chelsea side face a significant test of their title ambitions against Manchester City on Sunday.

The contest is one of the most eagerly awaited of the season so far, pitting squads lavishly assembled by Roman Abramovich and Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour, one of the few men in the world with more disposable cash than the Russian oligarch.

Chelsea are a point better off than City after eight games and enter the contest on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run which has included 14 goals in their last four games.

"We have to play our game," Mourinho said.

"We are going to play our game and let's see if our game is enough to win against them.

"I just play every game the same way. We want to win. To win is good, to lose is not good.

"(But) in this moment, with the way the Premier League is going week after week, no result will put a team in a great situation, no result will put a team in a difficult situation.

"Every weekend somebody loses points. Some weekends more than one of the top teams lose points.

"The league is hard, so I don't think at this stage, mid-October, one game is going to be crucial.

"We have tests every week. It's a big team, yes, it's a very good team, but every match is a test and every match is three points."

Mourinho believes six teams are in title contention, including Manuel Pellegrini's City.

"He has the most important thing which is an unbelievable squad of players," Mourinho said.

One of the key figures in the City squad is Yaya Toure, who has had a fraught week after being subjected to alleged racist abuse in his side's Champions League win at CSKA Moscow.

On the field, former Barcelona midfielder Toure gives City "everything", Mourinho says.

"Fantastic player," the Portuguese added.

"He gives them everything. Leadership, defensive work, attacking work, goals, set-plays, physicality, experience."

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