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 By Phil Lythell

Jose Mourinho has overworked his Chelsea men and could pay for it

Former Chelsea man Craig Burley breaks down Chelsea's 1-1 draw with reigning title holders Manchester City.

It might not have been pretty but Chelsea achieved their primary objective of preserving their five-point cushion at the top of the Premier League table with the 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

While a victory would have been the optimal result, extending the lead to eight points with just 15 games remaining this season, the risk of seeing it cut to three in the event of defeat ultimately checked their ambitions.

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The onus was on the visitors to win the match and land a psychological blow on their...

 By Michael Cox

Jose Mourinho was tactically astute in Chelsea's draw vs. Man City

Former Chelsea man Craig Burley breaks down Chelsea's 1-1 draw with reigning title holders Manchester City.

Premier League football has a surprisingly complex attitude toward the simple concept of solidly collecting points.

Arsenal have constantly been criticised in recent years for being tactically naïve, Liverpool were mocked when sloppy defensive work cost them last season's title, and Manchester City's apparent lack of professionalism is often cited as the reason for their occasional struggles.

Yet when Chelsea show tactical intelligence, defend well and conduct themselves professionally throughout...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Chelsea, Man City play for a draw that keeps both teams happy in title race

Saturday's draw wasn't fun for the fans but does help both teams stay in lockstep atop the Prem.

LONDON -- Three thoughts on Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester City in the Premier League.

1. Title rivals share points

There were a reported 650 million people looking on from across the globe but planet Earth may not have been too impressed by an often-turgid encounter between English football's two best teams. Five points remains the gap between leaders Chelsea and Manchester City.

As expected, neither team was ready to bet the farm on the whole affair. Given that their need for victory...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Deadline Day: Chelsea waiting on Cuadrado, Schurrle deals

As the 2015 January transfer promises to provide a few more meaningful transfers, take a look back at the best transfers of last year's winter transfer window, including Arsenal bust Kim Kallstrom.

Deadline day is upon us! With clubs scrambling around to find the best last-minute deals, keep up to date and in the know with Transfer Talk.

TOP STORY: Blues sweat on Cuadrado/Schurrle deals

Tide and time wait for no man -- even if that man happens to be Jose Mourinho. Chelsea are expecting to announce the signing of Juan Cuadrado on Monday morning, though that 26.8 million-pound deal is dependent on Andre Schurrle signing for Wolfsburg.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the deal for Cuadrado...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

#FCtalkingpoints -- Chelsea, Sturridge, Asian Cup, Bayern, Klinsmann

ESPN FC's Craig Burley reacts to Daniel Sturridge's return in Liverpool's victory over West Ham.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

Liverpool finally got Daniel Sturridge back in the lineup and cruised to a 2-0 win vs. West Ham in which the injured striker scored. Bad news for Mario Balotelli, but good news for the Anfield faithful.

What's a realistic finish for Liverpool this season?

Australia beat South Korea 2-1 to win the Asian Cup on Saturday night, ending a thrilling tournament and...

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Mourinho's silence speaks volumes as Chelsea, Man City fail to entertain

Under-siege Chelsea retained a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after repelling Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
Former Chelsea man Craig Burley breaks down Chelsea's 1-1 draw with reigning title holders Manchester City.

LONDON -- Jose Mourinho had a result he probably accepted, but the world beyond the Special One definitely didn't receive the match it desired. Nor did it get to hear his views on a 1-1 draw in which his Chelsea team held Manchester City at arm's length.

Saturday's game was billed as the "biggest" game of the season so far and could have had a major impact on the title race; sadly, the latest of his self-imposed media blackouts meant that neither he nor any of his coaching staff gave their opinions...