Chelsea Club Focus – Blues keen to bounce back against Spurs following Wigan disappointment

Chelsea head into Thursday’s London derby with Tottenham Hotspur eager to claim three points that will increase their already diminishing hopes of claiming the Premier League title. Having dropped two points at Wigan Athletic on Saturday, the Blues are aiming to right the wrongs that led to Jordi Gomez’s late equalizer at the DW Stadium which leaves them nine points behind league leaders Manchester City.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech has been criticised for his role in Wigan’s equalizing goal following his fumble which allowed Gomez to prod the ball home. The Czech international however is keen to put the mistake behind him and is looking forward to the clash at White Hart Lane:

It’s not an ideal point because we wanted to have three, and we can consider it as two points lost, but we have another game at Spurs and we need to get those points ideally back. Unfortunately when we are behind and chasing, any lost points puts you under more pressure to win every game.

Give Me Football reports Cech went onto talk of his excitement at a fixture that is already so crucial in their Premier League campaign despite not being half of the way through the season: “[Tottenham] have their game in hand, they are still in the top four and they are a direct opponent for the title and for the Champions League. This makes the game even more exciting.

A win on Thursday night and Chelsea would leapfrog Tottenham into third place with a point advantage, albeit with Spurs having a game in hand. However, much like the home clash with Manchester City a week ago, for Chelsea the game represents the opportunity for their rivals to pull away from them in the league, as a loss followed by Harry Redknapp’s outfit winning their game in hand against Everton would result in an eight point gap opening up between the two sides.

As the pressure mounts on manager Andre Villas-Boas, a duel with a potential championship challenger and London rival will provide a chance for the Portuguese Coach to prove himself to the Blues supporters, as three points may well go a long way to getting their title ambitions back on track.

However Chelsea are now unbeaten in four league games, and striker Daniel Sturridge, fresh from scoring on Saturday, still believes that the club can bring the title back to Stamford Bridge. Now with eight league goals to his name, the young Englishman is creating a name for himself and spoke to the Daily Mail of the team’s weekend disappointment: “These sort of draws are upsetting because we worked so hard for the full game but we conceded a goal at the very end.

The 22-year-old also knows how tough the league is, but shares his belief that Chelsea can come out on top come the end of the season: “It is the best league in the world because every team in the top six can win it. We are one of them and I believe we can.

‘There are still five months to go and I think people would be stupid to assume Chelsea are out of the title race. We are going to fight to the very last game.

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