Mourinho: “It’s a point.”

Mourinho: “It’s a point.”

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José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had the mentality of two points dropped after he saw his side draw 0-0 with third-placed Arsenal in a competitive game at the Emirates.

In a game which saw Cesc Fabregas booked for diving on his first return to the Emirates for four years and Oscar go to hospital with suspected concussion, Mourinho acknowledged that winning the title is very much in his side’s hands as they face Leicester on Wednesday night.

Had the Blues beaten the Gunners, and then won on Wednesday night, they would be Champions.

Mourinho said: “It is a point. We need five to be Champions and we are in the countdown. We need points so if we get three points in the next game, we need two, if we get one, we need four. If we lose we need five. The team is very confident and playing extremely well so we know it is in our hands.

“We got what we got. I leave it to you to analyse but we performed very, very, very well. Against a team in second place with nothing to lose and everything to win. The game was under in control.”

Mourinho was particularly impressed by the performance of captain John Terry, who kept a tight ship in the goalless draw:

“I told John Terry in the dressing room that he made fantastic performances with me but this was his best.

“It was the best JT has ever played. It was absolutely amazing.”

Chants of “Boring, boring Chelsea,” were shouted by the Arsenal fans at the end of the game, but when asked by BBC Radio 5 what he thought of the incident, the Portuguese man was quick to defend his side:

“Boring is 10 years without a title. That is very boring when you support a club and you are waiting, waiting, waiting for so many years, but maybe they were not singing for us. When you are at home and you want to win the game and you take off your centre-forward, maybe for the home fans they wanted more, they wanted to play Giroud together with Welbeck in the last minutes.

‘The boring team is the one with the second-most goals in the Premier League and the best team on goal difference. We score a lot of goals and in a period when we don’t have Diego Costa and Loic Remy and only one striker, we changed a little bit and are not scoring as many as before, but even so only Man City have scored more goals”

Mourinho did reveal that Oscar was taken to hospital for a scan after a nasty collision with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina. The Brazilian midfielder continued to play for another 25 minutes, but was taken off at half time: “He went for a scan because we were a little scared,” Mourinho said to Sky Sports.