Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew believes Chelsea are playing his side at the right time of the season as they have lost a little bit of focus.
The former Newcastle boss and Palace player spoke out before tomorrow’s game against the Blues at Stamford Bridge – a win sees Chelsea win the title.
Pardew said: “At this level, two per cent less focus is enough to lose a game. I hope on Sunday we’ll get back the tough edge we had when we played Sunderland and Manchester City. Our victory over City was probably the most satisfying result I can remember as manager.
“Chelsea have entertained us. Certainly for the first half of the season, they were the best team by some distance. Nobody said then they were boring. Recently there has been a little bit more ‘let’s not lose’ mentality and I get that.
When you are making sure of the title you start not being as flamboyant. You have to admire Jose’s functionality. Any other team in their position might have had a wobble but, when Jose gets into these positions, he gets the job done.”
Pardew insisted he hasn’t seen any manager with the same mentality as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, and was quick to praise the 52-year old Portuguese man for it, he added:
“What really sets him apart from all other managers is the success he delivers. He won the Champions League at Porto with a team that had no right to do that.
“Then to do it at Inter Milan where, for a few years, they had no chance of winning it. And he creates tremendous loyalty. You do not find many players who criticise the way he goes about his work regime which means he is taking care of the whole squad.”