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Saturday 10 December 2016

Jose Mourinho had to contend with private worries as Chelsea secured the Premier League title with a 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho had to contend with private worries as Chelsea secured the Premier League title with a 1-0 defeat of Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Mourinho's father, Jose senior, is recovering after undergoing successful surgery on his head in his native Portugal this week. He had not had a stroke, contrary to reports in Portugal.

The Blues boss, who celebrated the victory with his wife Matilde and the couple's two children, who were sitting behind the dugout at Stamford Bridge, was emotional after his third Premier League title was sealed.

"When the game finished at Leicester (on Wednesday night) I got immediately a private plane to go to Portugal," Mourinho (left) said.

"I was there with him for the most difficult moment, which was the moment of the surgery. Apart from that, everything is under control. He's strong. He's getting better, better, better, better. I'm much more relaxed."

Mourinho seemed almost preoccupied at times in the contest, but his well-drilled side delivered, in keeping with his own professional approach. He added: "Today was not a game to enjoy. Today was the game to finish the job."

Meanwhile, a rejuvenated John Terry took time out of Chelsea's Premier League title celebrations to criticise former interim manager Rafael Benitez for writing him off.

Terry appeared to be being phased out of Stamford Bridge during Benitez's short reign in 2012/13, but has been revived by the return of long-time mentor Jose Mourinho and featured in every minute of all 35 Premier League games this term.

"One person said I couldn't play twice in a week. He knows who he is," Terry said.

"I have proved him wrong as I'm still fighting, still in the side and feeling great."

He added: "Today was a tough match, we were a little bit nervous but we got over the line and are champions."

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