Jose Mourinho admitted that Manchester City will end the season as Premier League champions after restoring their 15-point lead at the top of the division.
The Manchester United boss watched his side suffer a damaging 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday as City eased to a 3-0 win over West Brom.
With just 13 games to go and a 15-point gap, United’s hopes of claiming the title look incredibly unlikely as Pep Guardiola’s side continue their march towards a first league crown since the 2013-14 season.
And Mourinho conceded that City will end up as the champions of English football in 2017/18.
‘Make me feel that they are doing so, so well that they are not letting the others come close to them, as simple as that, with the number of points and improvement in relation to last season, the distance would be a distance that leaves the fight open and the fight is open for second, third fourth fifth and sixth but is practically closed for the first,’ he said ahead of United’s clash with Huddersfield.
‘I cannot say, we Tottenham or Chelsea is doing bad because the points we have are very reasonable but Manchester City started strong and kept doing strong and managed to win matches they didn’t deserve – I give credit – with that last push of the last minute goal, the winning goal in extra time, they managed to do that in a way where that’s the distance.
‘If you tell me all six want to be champion and only one will be and the other five fail, I think is too pragmatic a way to look at it because you can do positive work and not winning the title.
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