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LIVERPOOL, England -- Jose Mourinho riled his former assistant Brendan Rodgers as Chelsea successfully stifled Liverpool and scored twice against the run of play to win 2-0 on Sunday and dent the Premier League leaders hopes of a first title in 24 years. Cheap Asics Shoes . However unambitious Chelsea appeared at Anfield, goals at the end of each half from Demba Ba, who seized on Steven Gerrards slip-up, and Willian ended Liverpools 11-game winning streak in the league. Mourinhos side is just two points behind Liverpool with two games remaining. "They obviously sat very deep -- I think there were two buses parked today, never mind one," said Rodgers, who was a coach at Chelsea between 2004 and 2008. "It was clear that theyd come certainly not wanting to win the game, with the time wasting." That claim was unsurprisingly challenged by Mourinho -- "Time wasting? Whats that?" -- with the Chelsea manager affronted by criticism of his tactics. "When a team defends well you call it defensive display," he told reporters. "When a team defends badly and concedes two or three goals you dont mention a defensive display." But Mourinho continued his policy of dismissing Chelseas title prospects, stressing: "We have no chance." Its not that unrealistic for Chelsea, but Manchester City has replaced Liverpool as the team which has the destination of the trophy in its own hands. Third-placed City closed the gap on Liverpool to three points by winning 2-0 at Crystal Palace on Sunday, and it has a game in hand to play at Everton on Saturday. So by the time Liverpool plays at Palace next Monday it could have been knocked off the top on goal difference by City. Its a long time to dwell on a defeat that will suppress the fervour that had been growing at Liverpool that the team will win the English title for the first time since 1990, having started the season as 33-1 outsiders with bookmakers. Hours before kickoff, thousands of Liverpool fans lined the streets, preparing for the teams arrival at Anfield. It had the air of a victory parade, but whether the real thing takes place next month is now a lot more uncertain. "The bigger picture is that were still two points ahead of a team (Chelsea) that has spent an absolute fortune," Rodgers said. "If we win our two games well finish above them and then well see what happens with Manchester City. We achieved our objective of Champions League football." That competition is Mourinhos priority this season, resting several key players Sunday for Wednesdays semifinal against Atletico Madrid after the first-leg was a 0-0 draw. Mourinhos defensive tactics at Liverpool might have seemed to his critics to be anti-football, but they demonstrated his abilities to successfully set up a team to be well organized and frustrate opponents. While Chelsea defender Ashley Coles curling effort forced the first save of the game from Simon Mignolet, there was little attacking ambition from the visitors. Liverpool controlled the game, but without the speed or fluency of recent weeks as the hosts couldnt find a route to goal. In the opening 15 minutes, Phillippe Coutinho volleyed into the sidenetting and Mamadou Sakhos shot was cleared off the line by Cole before he mis-fired the follow-up from six yards. The last time Liverpool played here Gerrard was caught on camera telling the players: "This does not slip now." But it was Gerrard, usually the reliable heartbeat of the team and inspirational one-club player, who slipped in possession near the halfway line in the third minute of stoppage time, giving away the ball to Ba. With Gerrard unable to chase him down, the Senegal striker charged through on goal and coolly placed the ball past Mignolet and into the net. However much Liverpool tried to batter through toward the Chelsea goal in the second half, the defence held up well. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, a second-half substitute, are the leading scorers in the league with 50 goals between them, but they rarely came close to equalizing. Not even when facing 41-year-old goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, deputizing for the injured Petr Cech, who repelled Joe Allens first-time volley with a low diving save just before the hour. A rasping strike from Gerrard was also thwarted and a downward header by the captain lacked power to trouble Schwarzer. As the end neared, Suarez could not connect with Coutinhos cross, and the Uruguay striker saw a shot turned over in stoppage time before Chelsea stunned Anfield again. Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres launched the breakaway, drawing Mignolet off his goal-line and then passing to Willian to walk the ball into the net. Mourinho jogged down the touchline, pounding the Chelsea crest on his coat in celebration. Asics Shoes Uk Sale . Chris Johnson singled with two outs off left-hander Jerry Blevins (1-1), and Schafer pinch ran. With a 2-2 count, Schafer ran on the pitch and Upton dropped a single in front of Bryce Harper. Schafer already was rounding third when Schafer bobbled the ball. Cheap Authentic Asics Shoes . Armstrong was given the rank of "Chevalier" -- or Knight -- in the "Legion dHonneur" in 2005, the last year of his seven consecutive Tour de France victories.LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After Jimmy Rollins learned he was headed from Philadelphia to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the longtime Phillies shortstop had to wait more than a week for the clubs to complete the deal.In his first day out of limbo, Rollins was eager to get to work chasing a championship back home in California.I dont feel I have to re-prove myself at all, Rollins said. Its sort of a fresh start. Its hard to (get) a fresh start going into your 15th season.The Dodgers finalized their trade for the All-Star shortstop on Friday, sending right-hander Zach Eflin and left-hander Tim Windle to the Phillies for Rollins and $1 million to cover part of his $11 million salary in 2015. Los Angeles had to wait to unveil its acquisition until Matt Kemps trade to the San Diego Padres was finished Thursday.After his 14-year tenure in Philadelphia wound down this year, the 36-year-old Rollins agreed to waive his no-trade clause. He said the Dodgers were his top trade destination — for reasons both fanciful and practical.Ive always loved the colour blue, Rollins said. Thats my favouritecolour. I think I just naturally love wearing that uniform because of that colour.But the most important thing is theyre winning right this very moment, he added. Playing against them, I get a sense of what they have going on in the clubhouse by seeing the bench. It reminds me of what we used to have in Philadelphia, just the joy of playing and being around each other, so thats attractive. And then they happen to have some pretty good guys on their team. I think you guys know the MVP, Cy Young dude. He makes you want to play behind him any time he takes the mound, so Ill get that opportunity now.Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers vaunted rotation are just one advantage of playing in Chavez Ravine for Rollins, who has an indirect connection to the teams biggest rivalry: The Oakland native grew up rooting for the Athletics and disliking the San Francisco Giants across the Bay.Rollins, a three-time All-Star, hit .243 last season with 11 homers, 55 RBIs and 28 steals. The 2007 NL MVP had started 14 consecutive openers for the Philliies, helping Philadelphia win the 2008 World Series title. Asics Clearance Uk. Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers new president of baseball operations, targeted Rollins to replace free-agent departure Hanley Ramirez at shortstop.Jimmy fits us incredibly well, Friedman said. He really brings some grit to our team and is obviously very experienced at playing baseball in October. He still has a lot of life in his body. Switch-hitter, good defender, and he adds that element of speed to our lineup that we were looking for.Speaking from his off-season home in Tampa, Florida, Rollins said the finality of his departure from Philadelphia is still sinking in after watching countless teammates leave town during an entire career in one city.Its business, Rollins said. I shed my tears for the very first time when the Phillies traded Bobby Abreu (in July 2006). That tore a piece of my heart out, but it also brought home the realization that this is a business, and things are going to happen and you cant be emotional about them. You have to understand what this is and take it in stride and go on about your business.Rollins said he is printing a love letter to Philadelphia fans in the Inquirer newspaper this weekend, thanking them for their support since 2000.Rollins will take over as the Dodgers everyday shortstop alongside new second baseman Howie Kendrick, another thirtysomething major leaguer who had spent his entire career with one team, the Angels. Rollins had a revolving cast of second basemen in Philadelphia before Chase Utleys rise, so he isnt worried about the transition.Ive seen him play, and Ive actually become a fan of his, Rollins said of Kendrick. As long as we can go out there and really spend that time getting to know each other, after about 10 days or two weeks, we should be in pretty good shape.Eflin was 10-7 with a 3.80 ERA last season in 24 starts for Class A Lake Elsinore. Windle was a second-round draft pick in 2013 who went 12-8 with a 4.26 ERA in 25 starts and one relief appearance for Class A Rancho Cucamonga.___AP Sports Writer Rob Maaddi in Philadelphia contributed to this report. ' ' '


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