Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti believes his side are still on track to win the Barclays Premier League title despite their alarming mid-season wobble.
The Blues have won just one of their last five league games, and one in seven in all competitions, following Saturday's goalless draw at in-form Birmingham.
But the Italian coach insists his team's current form is not "a big problem". "It's not our best moment; one victory in seven is not good for us," he admitted.
"I don't see a big problem though. I think we have some problems, because we have two players out who are very good in Nicolas Anelka and Michael Essien and we don't always play well. But not against Birmingham - in this match I think we played good football.
"Our aim is to win the title and we are at the top of the table at the moment. This was the half-way point in the season and we're top so that's good for us."
As for whether Chelsea can hold on and be top by the time the season ends in May, Ancelotti added: "We hope to be.
"If we do a good job and work hard like we have until now, then I think we can win it.
"It's normal, I think. In our mind it is impossible to win the title in December. You have to win the title in May and you have to be ready in May because I think it will be a long race right until the end of the season."
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