Petr Cech has warned his Chelsea teammates that they need to start turning draws into wins if they are to challenge for the Barclays Premier League title this season.
The Blues' stopper was speaking after yesterday's frustrating 1-1 draw with west London rivals Fulham at Stamford Bridge - the club's third successive stalemate in the league.
"We could have profited from [City's] slip-up but instead we have given the Manchester clubs a big advantage," Cech told petr-cech.cz. "It's clear we're barely cutting down the gap.
"The season is far from over and there are a lot of matches to be played, but all we can do now is wait and see how others do, if we manage to win our games, that is. That's what we've not been doing lately."
The result caused Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas to concede that winning the title this year is now unlikely, but Cech is adamant that the players won't give up, and are determined to improve on recent performances.
"We had the better of the game only in the last twenty minutes," he continued."We had lots of attempts but Fulham's goalkeeper [David Stockdale] saved them all.
"It's a pity that instead of being inspired by the opening goal we conceded so soon afterwards."
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