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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Jose Mourinho insisted Chelsea did everything required of champions as he hit out at criticism of the Premier League winners' approach.

Chelsea sweep aside 'boring' tag to claim first title in five years

Jose Mourinho insisted Chelsea did everything required of champions as he hit out at criticism of the Premier League winners' approach.

A 1-0 win over Crystal Palace gave the Blues an unassailable lead at the summit and a fourth Premier League title in 11 seasons.

It was Mourinho's third - drawing him level with Bill Shankly, Arsene Wenger and Stan Cullis - and first of his second spell.

Chelsea, by the Portuguese's own admission, became "more strategic, less artistic" as the title neared, with detractors labelling the Blues "boring".

Mourinho, who values substance over style, dismissed those who had the temerity to criticise his side.

"We do everything that the team needs," Mourinho (below) said.

"That's why we deserve so much to be champions. And I think everybody knows that.

"And the ones that have a big face to say we don't deserve are the ones that in my country we say: the dogs bark and the caravan goes by. (It's) easy to be a pundit, because as a pundit you win every game. Fantastic job.

"Maybe in 10 years' time it's my job. And then I win every game.

"Now as a manager I lose sometimes and it's a much more difficult job. What the players are feeling now is fantastic. They deserve (it)."

Mourinho returned for a second spell as Chelsea boss in June 2013 and now in his second season has won the Capital One Cup and the Premier League, taking his personal trophy tally to 22. "When you go back to a place where you had success before you risk a little bit of your prestige, your history. I risked it," Mourinho added.

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