Search

No team invincible now, says Wenger after Chelsea win at Man City

14:16 06 February 2014

Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea (second right) smiles after scoring the winning goal at Manchester City. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea (second right) smiles after scoring the winning goal at Manchester City. Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

2014 Getty Images

Manchester City’s surprise defeat at home to Chelsea on Monday proved that no team in the Premier League is “invincible”, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners head to Liverpool for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off looking to maintain a slender one-point lead at the top of the table over City, who saw their 100 per cent league record at the Etihad Stadium ended by a dogged Chelsea display.

Despite the plaudits being given to Manuel Pellegrini’s free-scoring side over the last few weeks, Wenger had continued to stress there were still vulnerabilities.

Those were exploited to perfection following a well-organised performance by Jose Mourinho’s team and Wenger accepts if any of the title challengers are not completely focused over the remaining 14 matches, then they can all come unstuck.

“I told you that one month ago, and you did not believe me - there is no invincible team, I think, because there are so many quality teams in the Premier League,” said Wenger.

“It is just how close you are to your best every time which decides the game.”

After Chelsea’s win on Monday night, Mourinho played down Chelsea’s own title ambitions, claiming the contenders over the run-in were “two horses and a little horse that still needs milk and to learn how to jump”.

Wenger, though, is not about to let himself get sidetracked by any form of mind games.

“They [Chelsea] are in there, of course. It is easy to move out [of the title race] if you don’t want [to be in it],” he said.

“We focus on our side and do not listen too much to what people say.

“What is important is it is a period where you show up with good performances.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 13:37
Hampstead coach Peter Breen. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead coach Peter Breen hailed Saturday’s 17-7 home win over Staines as one of the best displays of the season as the hosts completed the double over their visitors in London North-West Division Two.

Yesterday, 13:05
Hendon's Cian Hynes scored 13 points including a last-minute winning penalty. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Cian Hynes scored a dramatic last-minute winning penalty as Hendon came from behind to beat promotion rivals London French 18-16 at the death in a crucial showdown in Herts/Middlesex Division Two.

Yesterday, 12:00
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino (left) on the touchline at Wembley on Sunday. Pic: Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Tottenham blogger Dan Kilpatrick says the League Cup final defeat against Chelsea highlighted the glaring lack of depth in Tottenham’s squad, and that the club have a busy summer ahead.

Yesterday, 11:36
Miran Serdarevic (right) has now scored eight tries in 2015, having touched down twice against Hitchin. Pic: davidwphotos.co.uk

Belsize Park scored seven tries to produce their sixth successive victory since the turn of the year, beating Hitchin 51-15, but there was no change in the London North-West Division Three promotion race with four games to go.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

The figures come after ministers last year said university leaders should show ‘”much greater restraint”.

The snake could have been capable of attacking a human.

Alan Cartwright, 15, died after receiving a single stab wound.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder