Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Mourinho hits out at 'stats' after defeat

Mourinho hits out at 'stats' after defeat

Champions last season with 100 points, City heads into the worldwide break with a two-point lead over Liverpool.

Later, Chelsea missed its chance to go temporarily top, but was held to a goalless draw by improving Everton at Stamford Bridge, while fifth-placed Arsenal escaped in a 1-1 home draw against promoted Wolves.

City's conversion rate was almost as impressive as United's 100% as they had just five shots on target for their three goals but did register 17 in all to United's six.

"There is a gap, Manchester City start playing from the beginning of the season at a certain level that allows them to get a lot of points".

Mourinho bemoaned the Frenchman's absence meant Marouane Fellaini had to play the 90 minutes and was not fresh for an aerial bombardment off the bench when Anthony Martial's penalty reduced United's deficit to 2-1 after goals early in both halves from David Silva and Sergio Aguero put City in command.

Substitute Ilkay Gundogan added to the lead on 86 minutes to complete a move of 42 passes, which once more exposed the gulf in class between the two sides.

"I think Man City right now and Liverpool, Chelsea, and even Arsenal and Tottenham, I think they have numbers to be champion, not just City". We arrived in different circumstances, ' said the Portuguese coach.

After beating Mourinho's Manchester United side 3-1 at Etihad Stadium, Manchester City remain the leader of the Premier League and confirmed their dominance in the division and in the city. How can we speak about the title?

United fought back for a 2-1 victory against the Italian champions Juventus in Turin on Wednesday while City cruised through a home game against Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0.

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And Mourinho used his side's tougher preparation to excuse the gulf in class.

"In a week where they enjoy two 6-0, 6-1 victories, relaxed, no pressure, no mental effort, everything nice and easy and we played two matches away, hard ones, where the second one was like a final for us against one of the best teams in Europe", he added.

Earlier, Liverpool briefly went top by inflicting Fulham's seventh straight defeat at Anfield.

Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home for the visitors only to be wrongly ruled offside.

Barcelona's 4-3 loss to Real Betis is their first ever defeat in a game - across all competitions - in which Lionel Messi has scored two or more goals.

"The most important thing is reacting in a situation like that and that was brilliant".

"I'm completely happy", Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp told reporters.

However, amid all of the heavy criticism, Guardiola sent Sterling a reassuring text message: "Don't worry, I know you're a good player".

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