Blues title challenge still alive


Andre Villas-Boas insists Chelsea are still in contention for the Barclays Premier League title, as long as the players make the most of their home Christmas schedule.

The Blues return to Stamford Bridge to complete their 2011 schedule with games against Fulham and Aston Villa, and the Portuguese tactician is confident of a maximum points return.

"If you had told me we would have had two wins and two draws from our December games so far I think I would take it," said Villas-Boas. "It keeps our title challenge alive.

"If we take the six points from the home fixtures, which will be difficult games, we are pretty much in it."

The manager was speaking after last night's 1-1 draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane, and whilst the result was not ideal for Chelsea's title aspirations, the performance particularly in the second half presented much more reason for optimism.

"The performance was outstanding, whatever outcome, whatever the result," he added. "Even if the ball had gone into the back of the net in the last minute I would have come out of here extremely satisfied.

"I don't think we lost two points, coming to White Hart Lane with the run Tottenham are on. Getting a point here with the happenings in the game is excellent.

"We showed our character and personality and excellent levels of resilience and adaptation to changing circumstances. Our passing game exploded to wonderful levels.

"It is fantastic to watch this team play when they found themselves in possession like they did, and from that possession we created opportunities.

"For us to impose ourselves in the second half was extremely gratifying. If we had established our level in the game a little bit earlier we would have taken three points."

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