Bouncing Cech is up for a title tilt
PETR CECH has given Manchester City a chilling warning by insisting: “The Premier League title race is wide open.”
Goalkeeper Cech played his part in Chelsea’s win against City on Monday to chop the gap between the sides to just seven points.
The pressure is now on Roberto Mancini’s men. And the result has also given Andre Villas-boas’ squad the lift they needed after going through a dodgy patch last month.
It looked like Manchester would be battling out for the title this season – but Chelsea are determined to keep pace with leaders City and champions United.
Cech said: “We’ve cut the gap on City down to seven points, so we are back in the title race.
“We are five points behind United and I think that we have put some pressure on both Manchester clubs.
“It was an extremely important match for us and we needed to win it.
“Had we lost we would have been 13 points behind City and that would have been too much. Seven points looks a lot different to 13.
“Let’s wait and see how a first defeat of the season impacts on them.”
Cech is hoping Chelsea can continue their recent form and build on three wins in a row.
“The most important thing is that we did not break down after going behind against City,” he said. “That will help us psychologically.”
Midfielder Juan Mata insists the win shows the squad are behind Villas-boas – despite fears the Portuguese coach had lost control of the dressing room.
Mata said: “The team have shown in the worst moments we are united behind the manager.
“Now that we’re in a run of results where things are more positive, everything is easier, but we have shown we are together with the manager – like a family.
“We haven’t won anything just by beating these teams.
“But to turn around the game against the league leaders – a team who had not lost a game – gives us a lot of belief.”