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Last Updated: Friday, 13 May, 2005, 14:19 GMT 15:19 UK
Mourinho proud of battling finish
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was delighted to see his side end their title-winning season with a battling display in the 1-1 draw at Newcastle.

He said: "The team deserved to finish well. The players were tired with many miles in their legs but we were committed and kept compact.

"My experience about being champions before the end was always defeat as it can be difficult to be motivated.

"But we ended by beating Charlton and Man Utd and drawing with Newcastle."

Mourinho also saw his team equal the record for the fewest number of top-flight goals conceded in a season.

The draw means the 15 the Blues let in beats Liverpool's post-war tally of 16 and equals Preston's record of 1888/89. And Preston's record was set when only 22 matches were played.

Chelsea also recorded the highest ever points tally in a Premier League season with 95 - three more than Manchester United's total of 92.

Mourinho said: "We beat the points record and one defeat and 95 points is fantastic. The players have been magnificent.

"It was good to fight for the points record and goals conceded record as we had something to motivate the players having already won the title."

And Mourinho says they are already thinking about next season:

"We started thinking about the next campaign a few months ago. It's easy to prepare for next season as we have a group of champions and want to keep them.

"We want to make two or three adjustments but we have the base."


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