'With no Champions League distraction, Reds have advantage in EPL title race'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Liverpool have an advantage in the Premier League title race because they will not be distracted by the Champions League.
Liverpool are the only side in the top four who are not involved in European competition and Mourinho thinks it could be a crucial factor as he again stated his table toppers are not favourites for league glory in May.
"There are teams with more potential than others, obviously. There is another, like Liverpool, with a big advantage with the fact that they don't play in the Champions League," Mourinho told Britain's Sky Sports News on Thursday.
"Playing in this is going to take concentration and energy from the teams that are involved in it. I think it will be good fun.
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'The league is amazing, it is difficult for every one of us'
"When I say we're not the top candidate everyone thinks 'here he is again, with what you like to call the mind games'. But it's just my feeling. The league is amazing -- it is difficult for every one of us."
Chelsea could only draw 1-1 at lowly West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday and lead the table by a point from Arsenal, with ManchesterCity a further two points back and Liverpool one behind Manuel Pellegrini's men.
"Maybe we lost two points or won one point against West Brom and I think it will be like this until the end of the season," Mourinho said.
"All teams need points for their objectives -- some for relegation, some for the Champions League -- so the fight for points will be harder."
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