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Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho was very pleased on the back of a stout 2-0 home victory against Watford.

The Portuguese, who admitted the Red Devils' 16-match unbeaten streak is impressive, claimed it would be a big surprise if Chelsea did not win the Premier League.

"Honestly, I don't think Chelsea are going to let their lead escape, mainly because they are a very good defensive team," he said of his former club.

Regarding Saturday's duel, the 54-year-old highlighted how well his squad played rather than the result.

"The period before the [first] goal was astonishing, even the crowd was feeling that," Mourinho said. "The goal had to come because in the 10-15 minutes before we were playing in a brilliant way.

"The quality of our game was really high, so the goal came as a consequence of that."

When inquired about the four straight clean sheets, the ex-Real Madrid coach remarked they are especially meaningful because of their difficulties scoring goals.

"We are not a team that is scoring a lot of goals, we create lots of chances but we don't score goals."

Struggling striker Anthony Martial, who scored today, was lauded by the Setubal native.

"Martial deserves the chance," the coach continued. "He has worked harder than ever in the last two weeks in the way I like.

"I gave him a shot to prove himself and he delivered."

Lastly, Mourinho praised Spanish keeper David De Gea.

"David [De Gea] is such an important player for us, that's why he has the contract he has," he concluded.

Aleix Vidal out for five months after brutal Theo collision

It has taken Aleix Vidal a great deal of time to become integrated into the Barcelona starting XI, and although it looked like he was gaining confidence, the Spaniard had to be stretchered off against Alaves after a nasty collision which will see him sidelined for at least five months.

After medical tests in Vitoria reaffirmed what many could see for themselves, the right-back will make his way back to Barcelona on Sunday to begin a lengthy recovery.

For a long time, the former Almeria and Sevilla man has been a forgotten commodity, often left out of matchday squads altogether, and yet now he looks to be among the better options down the right flank.

Vidal added to his ever-growing lore in Saturday's 6-0 thrashing of Alaves as he assisted Luis Suarez for the first goal of the match, sending an accurate, well-placed pass into the box, his fifth assist of the season in 11 matches played.

The 27-year-old defender also has two goals to his name this campaign, scoring against Las Palmas and in the last league match Athletic Club.

He nearly added to that tally at Estadio Mendizorroza but failed to find the back of the net after getting into a promising position.

The right-back slot has been a long-debated one, but the debate looked to be over, especially after Sergi Roberto's inconsistencies in that position.

However, Vidal will need to regain his confidence after he recovers from the ankle injury which is now confirmed will be a significant lay-off.

Zidane: Danilo's injury forced us to change our system

It was a game of two halves for a Real Madrid side who were sluggish in the first period and more confident in the second, and coach Zinedine Zidane admitted that a change in formation, forced by an injury to Danilo in the 57th minute, played a role.

A 24th minute strike from Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real the lead, but Osasuna deservedly equalised less than 10 minutes later through a chipped Sergio Leon effort.

Los Blancos looked far more balanced after James Rodriguez replaced Danilo, with their new-found attacking impetus resulting in goals from Isco and Lucas Vazquez to seal a 3-1 result.

"Danilo's injury meant we had to change our system, and we found more balance," Zidane admitted in his post-match press conference.

The Frenchman justified his starting 3-5-2 formation, saying that he wanted to take advantage of Marcelo and Danilo on the wings, but also asserted that the result is more important than tactical considerations.

"The most important thing is to score at this ground, where many top players struggle to score, and get the three points," Zidane said.

"We suffered tonight, and we saw that the difference in points between the teams means little when you take to the pitch. It was competitive and difficult," he continued.

"It's tricky when there are 10 minutes left and you only have a one-goal advantage. Sometimes we lack the concentration to kill off games."

One man who made the difference however was Rodriguez, something the French boss was happy to recognise.

"I liked James [Rodriguez] when he entered the game. He played with confidence during tough situations and helped his teammates play better," he stated.

The 44-year-old was asked about Danilo's injury, but made it a point to first send good tidings to Osasuna right-back Tano, who suffered a horrific broken leg after a tussle with Isco.

"Obviously, I feel terrible for Tano because of his serious injury, and we wish him well," he said.

"Danilo has a knock and we'll know more after we conduct tests tomorrow."

Having reclaimed top spot in the league with two games in hand, Real now turn their attention to a mid-week Champions League clash at Napoli, which ushers in a packed fixture list.

"We've had 15 days without playing, and now we have to play every three days. We have to rest now before preparing for Wednesday," he concluded.

Luis Enrique: I'm really pleased about our overall display

While he admitted to being satisfied with the strong performance by his Barcelona players against Alaves, Luis Enrique was visibly concerned about the gruesome ankle injury suffered by right-back Aleix Vidal.

The Blaugrana were enjoying a placid afternoon with a lopsided victory against their Copa del Rey competitors until full-back Theo Hernandez took out the ex-Sevilla winger late in the match.

"I'm really pleased about our overall display," Luis Enrique said to the press. "However, I am disgusted with Aleix [Vidal's] injury, by how it happened and what it means for him.

"We need to support him and wish him a speedy recovery. He's in good hands, so there won't be consequences.

"We must wait and listen to what the medical staff say but, at first glance, the injury appears to be serious."

The ex-Celta Vigo boss insisted Barcelona were excellent at Estadio Mendizorroza, in which they smashed six past their hosts.

"Against an opponent that sits back and is well organised, you ought to dominate the game on many levels, which we did, both with and without possession of the ball," Luis Enrique added.

"In the first half, we managed to find the almost non-existent space they gave us.

"After the break, Alaves switched their strategy and we were effective in several counter-attacks.

"The last 30 minutes was totally expendable, for both teams."

Pochettino lashes Tottenham players after Liverpool loss

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino accused his players of failing to deal with the pressure of a Premier League title race after they were outplayed in a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.

The Londoners were lucky to be only two goals down at halftime at Anfield as Liverpool brought Tottenham's nine-game unbeaten run in the league to a halt.

It was the manner of the defeat -- only second-placed Tottenham's third of the season -- that was most concerning though as they appeared overwhelmed by the occasion.

Victory would have cut Chelsea's lead to six points but defeat had Pochettino conceding the title race.

"They were better than us and fully deserved to win. We started the game very sloppy," Pochettino, whose side led the chase of Leicester City last season, said.

"It is difficult to understand. I am very disappointed in our first-half display. Second half we reached their level, but it is really late. The whole team were poor.

"If you show like today that you cannot cope with the pressure to play to win the league, then it is difficult to challenge and fight for the Premier League.

"In the first 45 minutes you saw a team that is not ready to fight for the Premier League."

Goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris, whose saves spared Tottenham a drubbing, made no excuses.

"It's a big disappointment because we expected more today but Liverpool were much better. We lost the battle," he said.

With a two week gap before their next league game, at home to Stoke City, Pochettino said it was time for his team to take stock and return to maintain their top-four challenge.

"A reality check is important sometimes. We need to find a way to change," the Argentine said.

Tottenham, who managed only two shots at goal on Saturday, remain in second place with 50 points, the same as north London rivals Arsenal, one ahead of Liverpool and Manchester City and two better than Manchester United.
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