Cech admits title challenge is over

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech admits winning the Premier League title is now out of reach this season.

The Blues were forced to battle for a point against Swansea last night, with Neil Taylor's injury-time own goal rescuing a draw for Andre Villas-Boas' side after Scott Sinclair had opened the scoring against his former side. Ashley Cole also saw red late on at the Liberty Stadium.

It's a result that leaves Chelsea 12 points behind league leaders Manchester City and Manchester United, a gap which Cech does not believe can be closed over the coming months.

"We don't even have to mention the word 'title' because the Manchester clubs will not drop many points. That's the reality," Cech told the official Chelsea website.

"I still think it is realistic to target the third sport, though. For that we will need to succeed in Sunday's tough match (against Manchester United)."

Tottenham Hotspur currently stand in their way, with Harry Redknapp's side taking advantage of the draw in Wales with victory against Wigan Athletic at White Hart Lane.

But, despite the other results, the Czech Republic international felt a point against Brendan Rodgers' side was a fair reflection of the game, and a result which the Blues can build upon in the coming weeks.

"In the first half, we were not playing well at all but after the break it was completely different. We put Swansea under pressure, did not allow them to pass the ball at ease. However, once again we were unable to give the final pass into their box," the stopper continued.

"Even with 10 men we were pushing ourselves forward and the effort was rewarded with an equaliser in stoppage time. Bosingwa's shot was deflected by a Swansea player, so in the end we must take the point.

"Naturally, we wanted to win but nobody has it easy playing at Swansea. They have lost just one home match this season."

Petr Cech
Premier League

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