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Chelsea are not special scoffs Nasri


NASRI-ROMAMANCHESTER, February 13- Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has looked to take Chelsea down a peg or two after claiming they are “not special at all”, despite their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

The Citizens face an uphill battle to retain their top-flight crown as they look to cut down the Blues’ commanding lead over the final 13 game of the season.

Nasri, though, is of the opinion the west London giants are nowhere near as good as they think they area, and is confident City can overhaul them in the tail end of the campaign.

The Frenchman, whose side drew both league games against Chelsea this season 1-1, said: “I’m a big fan of (Chelsea manager Jose) Mourinho, but I am not impressed with his team, not at all. We have played them twice, one time with 10 men, and we were better than them.

“Then we played them at (Stamford) Bridge, we were better than them. When I have seen some of their games, I don’t think they are that fantastic – they are just strong and have a good striker (Diego Costa) up front.

“For me they are not special at all, and I think they are going to make some mistakes. We just have to perform, to win our games, and see what’s going to happen. This title will be like this until the end of the season. No-one will win the league 10 games before the end of the season.”

City’s two Premier League titles, in 2012 and 2014, came after the side overturned hefty deficits, and Nasri sees no reason why they can’t repeat the feat for a third time.

“We know that the two times we won the league, we were behind at this time of the year,” he added.

“Two months ago we were eight points behind Chelsea and came back and went level with them. Now we are seven points behind, but are not going to make big talk about it. We will just try to get as many points as possible and wait for the mistake.

“The season is still long, they have the Champions League and the final of the Capital One Cup as well, so have a lot of games to play.”