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Mourinho's Chelsea, the imperfect champions-elect

Jose Mourinho's recent press conferences have become something of a glorified countdown as he continually revisits the most important number in his mind. The Chelsea manager has known for weeks exactly how many points will secure a first Premier League title since 2010 and, as he reflected with considerable candour on a gruelling afternoon at Loftus Road, the overriding message was that the number just got smaller.

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