Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic believes the Blues have a fantastic chance of winning the title this season.

The 29-year-old defender was in the squad which lifted the Barclays Premier League trophy in 2010. 

He told the Evening Standard: “In the years before at this stage, we would always be trailing by a lot of points. But we are up there now and this has given us a great chance. It’s a good thing when you go into each game feeling you are there and right at the top.

“It’s not like last year where we had to run for the points and it put us under pressure and was much more difficult. We have improved as a team but we have to show it every game.

“This team has the character to do things like that [come from behind] but it’s important to show that every match, to be at our top level.”

The Blues came from behind to defeat Southampton 3-1 on Sunday - thanks to goals from Gary Cahill, John Terry and Demba Ba.

Chelsea currently sit in second spot, four points adrift of Premier League leaders Arsenal. 

The current top two sides clash on December 23, and Chelsea face Liverpool in their last game of 2013.

Ivanovic said "five or six" teams could win the league and admitted the matches during the festive period are what makes the Premier League so hard.

"It provides one of the main references for how strong your team is and if it’s tough enough to win this League. It’s important for us during these physical games to win and get the points," added Ivanovic. 

Ivanovic will be hoping his side can pick up all three points when Chelsea travel to the Stadium of Light to play Sunderland on Wednesday night. 

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