Essien was part of the squad that lost the crown to Manchester United last year and they are seven points off the pace going into the weekend, when they travel to Middlesbrough.
The 24-year-old remains confident they can get back on track and start climbing the table. "Of course we can. We have the players and the team to do it, but we also know how hard it will be," he said in this week´s Sport Magazine.
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