Jose Mourinho likes to think of himself as the Special One but Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri doesn’t think the same can be said of his Chelsea team.
The Blues lead the way in the title race as we enter the climax of the season and City are seven points behind Mourinho’s men after the midweek fixtures.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side crushed Stoke City 4-1 on Wednesday night while a last-gasp Willian strike saw Chelsea edge out stubborn Everton at Stamford Bridge.
Former Arsenal ace Nasri admits he is a keen admirer of the Portuguese manager but has not been overly impressed with the squad he has assembled in west London.
Nasri said: “I’m a big fan of Mourinho, but I am not impressed with his team. Not at all.
“We have played them twice, one time with ten men - and we were better than them. Then we played them at the Bridge - and we were better than them.
“When I have seen some of their games, I don’t think they are that fantastic – they are just strong, and have a good striker up front.”
“For me they are not special at all, and I think they are going to make some mistakes. We just have to perform, to win our games, and see what’s going to happen.
“This title will be like this until the end of the season. No-one will win the league ten games before the end of the season.”
“We know that the two times we won the league, we were behind at this time of the year.
“Two months ago we were eight points behind Chelsea and came back and went level with them.
“Now we are seven points behind, but are not going to make big talk about it. We will just try to get as many points as possible and wait for the mistake.
“They won in the last minute against Everton, so maybe next time they will draw. We just have to win our games and see what will happen.”
Chelsea and City are both out of the FA Cup and will take a break from football this weekend but the Frenchman thinks Chelsea’s fixture schedule may also be a factor in who lifts the Premier League trophy come May.
Nasri added: “The season is still long, they have the Champions League and the final of the Capital One Cup as well, so have a lot of games to play.
“We have 42 points to fight for, and if we reach 90 points we will be champions of England,” he said. “If we win all of our games, it will put pressure on Chelsea.
“We have special players in this team, and now we have this experience. Big players are there for big games, important games and we are lucky to have them.
“Sometimes we lack consistency but we are improving and next week we will have Yaya and Bony back and are really confident about the future of the season.”