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Jose shrugs off Fergie claims
08 Apr 2007 - 11:45:38
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho launched a thinly-veiled attack on his Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson after his side closed the gap at the top of the table to three points with Saturday's 1-0 win over Tottenham.
Ferguson had complained in the build-up to the match that Chelsea had been given an unfair advantage as Spurs were forced to play their second game in the space of just over 48 hours after their UEFA Cup clash with Sevilla on Thursday night.
But Mourinho brushed off the criticism from the veteran Scot, who intimated that the Stamford Bridge club were receiving preferential treatment during the Premiership title run-in.
"I was not surprised he (Ferguson) complained about this fixture because he is intelligent and maybe he thinks the other people are stupid," claimed Mourinho.
"Being intelligent is a great quality. Intelligent people are one step ahead of other people. But when you think other people are stupid it is not such a good quality."
On the performance which brought the Blues the points courtesy of Ricardo Carvalho's second-half winner, he added: "We did our job. This is the only time we have had the chance to play before United and that is because we control the fixtures.
"Imagine if we didn't control them? But because we control the fixtures we had the incredible chance to close the gap. We didn't fail, we did our job.
"Chelsea were by far the best team in the first half and should have scored goals.
"We scored in the second half and Salomon Kalou had an easy chance to make it 2-0 and after that Tottenham came into the game and played well."
"They had a great shot and header but Petr Cech was there to give us the security we need.
We deserved the win and because Tottenham played well it has even more meaning."