Mourinho: Title a reward for risk

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says the Premier League title is his reward for the risk he took in returning to Stamford Bridge for a second spell.

Eden Hazard’s goal gave Chelsea the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace that saw them crowned as champions.

Mourinho also said he will stay for as long as owner Roman Abramovich wants.

He said: “When you go back to where you had success before you risk a bit of your prestige and your history. I risked it but I can say we won again.”

Mourinho won two titles in his first stint in charge and claimed his third after coming back to Chelsea at the start of last season.

He said: “I could choose another club in another country where it is easier to be champion but I chose the most difficult league in Europe where I was happy before.

“In my country, Portugal, we say don’t go back to where you were happy before because it is a risk.

“But I have taken that risk and I’m so happy because I won another Premier League 10 years later in my second spell.

“To win titles with two generations, 10 years apart, I feel I have a place in Chelsea’s history”

Mourinho flew to Portugal following the win at Leicester City on Wednesday to be with his father as he underwent surgery, but was back to lead Chelsea on Sunday and insisted they would be regarded as worthy champions.

He said: “I think we showed everything football demands from a team since day one. We have had fantastic attacking football, fantastic domination, high possession, low possession and defended amazingly well.

— BBC

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