Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho on Friday dismissed Tottenham coach Tim Sherwood's assertion that Manchester City is the best team in the world, by claiming that Manuel Pellegrini's men have been "lucky." Mourinho, whose team travels to the Etihad on Monday to face City, says the Premier League leader will find the true test of its strength in the UEFA Champions League.
"Maybe, for the Tottenham manager, the planet is England," Mourinho said. "You will see (how good City are) in the Champions League. You will see in a couple of months." He added: “They are lucky. The reality is they have many crucial decisions in their favor.” The Portuguese went on to name several instances of City’s “luck” this season.
"Against Liverpool, the (Raheem) Sterling 'goal'. The penalty on (Luis) Suarez. Against Newcastle the goal that is a clear goal. Against Tottenham, (Michael) Dawson's goal, the penalty, the (Danny Rose) red card. They are having everything. I repeat, because I don't want to be misinterpreted, (it is) just pure coincidence. The referees, they try to do their best and sometimes they make mistakes and normally during the season the mistakes are split between teams. In their (City's) case, they have everything in their favor," he said.
Separately, Chelsea on Friday completed the signing of 19-year-old St. Etienne defender Kurt Zouma for the reported fee of 12.5 million pounds ($20.5 million), although the player has been loaned back to the French club until the end of the season. Read the original story...