Antonio Conte has conceded that Tottenham Hotspurs are the best team in the Premier League right now, after losing 2-0 to Manchester United yesterday.
Rashford's display suggested he deserves to be given more chances through the centre, where United's top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic - rested on Sunday - has started nearly every game this season. "They showed more desire, more ambition, more motivation", said Conte.
"It is very simple and in this case the fault is with the coach".
The top two will now meet at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-finals next weekend in what would be a significant test of Chelsea's mettle.
"Mourinho has masterminded plenty of wins in big games down the years, but he usually does it with a defensive approach and by setting up with a team that, first and foremost, is very hard to break down".
Courtois missed Sunday's defeat at Manchester United after twisting an ankle during a photo-shoot for an NBA basketball promotion last Tuesday. "I prefer to play for the title instead of 'don't fight for the title and stay calm.' We are lucky to have the pressure".
"They are feeling the possibility to write history and it is important to know this".
"I don't feel extra joy at beating Chelsea - we beat the leader".
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"It won't be easy because I think Tottenham now are the best team and they are in great form and they have a lot of enthusiasm".
Despite the loss, Chelsea are still favourites to lift the trophy in Conte's first season with just six games left.
"In football, I think if you do not have the intention to touch the ball and you have your arms in a natural position it is not a handball". No one is going to give us this league, we have to work for it like we have done for the majority of this season.
"We gave them double problems".
The outspoken United boss also insisted that his team can still secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification through the league after picking up a vital three points, admitting that he cannot afford to only prioritise the Europa League. "We can be very happy".
Another notable stat that ought to be included is that the 24-year-old made more passes in the final third (19) than any other player on the pitch.
"But it's a great feeling to know that it's hard for us to lose a match, people fight until the end".