Jose Mourinho unconcerned by low possession stat as his side grind out win over Manchester United.



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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he was unfazed by his side's staggeringly low possession stat during the 1-0 win over Manchester United and all that mattered to him was achieving a positive result.

The Blues, who secured victory through forward Eden Hazard's first-half strike, held the ball for just 29 per cent of the match at Stamford Bridge - their lowest total over 90 minutes since Opta started recording this sort of data in 2006. United were also able to string together over 400 more successful passes than the home side.

Mourinho, though, insisted that his team's priority was to win the game and not concern themselves with statistics. Presented with United's dominance of possession, the Portuguese responded passionately.


'They could have 99 (per cent). It was no problem,' he said. 'When you decide to play the game strategically, you don't care about stats, you just care about the points.'

With Chelsea's last seven league victories all coming by a single goal margin, it would be hard to argue Mourinho is anything but sincere.

He continued: 'We were very well prepared for this game. We were able to make some of their important players disappear.'

Indeed, Mourinho's bold decision to play Kurt Zouma in an enforcing midfield role really paid off to stifle United's attack.

Chelsea's win over the Red Devils sees them extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 10 points. Mourinho's men could wrap up the title as early as April 29, should they win their next two games against Arsenal and Leicester City.

Chelsea have not won the Premier League since 2010 under former boss Carlo Ancelotti, but given their lead at the top and with only six games left to go, it would take a brave man to bet against them missing out this term.

Hazard, in particular, has impressed for the Blues throughout the campaign and is being hotly tipped to win the PFA Player of the Year award.

Source: Daily Mail


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