Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who scored the winner from the spot against Manchester United on Tuesday, has said that the win gives Chelsea a shout at the title.
Despite the win Chelsea remain 12 points off the leaders Manchester United and although they have a game in hand, it'll take something dramatic to ensure the champions retain the title. However, Blues vice-captain Frank Lampard has spoken about the importance of building on the victory and stringing a streak for a final push at the title.
He said, Does this victory help Arsenal win the title? If Arsenal keep winning, but that's not a given either. United have enough experience to know it is a marathon and there is a long way to go. But we don't really care about anyone else.
If we keep winning all our games, we'll be in with a shout. It was important for ourselves to win this for our own confidence but there is still a big gap between ourselves and United. Statements don't matter unless they're backed up. We need to go on from here.
We normally go on a late run at this time of the season and that is what we hope to do now. If we don't get a result in our next game, against Blackpool, then this will mean nothing. The old cliche of every game as it comes has never been so important for us.
We can't get ahead of ourselves. We usually put a run of wins together but we haven't done it so far this season. It is something we need to do now to give us a chance.
It was important to win a big match again and, in the second half, there was a little of the old Chelsea in there, you could see the power in the team, the commitment and the strength.
We can play much better. There were times at the end of last season and the beginning of this that our football was top drawer. It was probably as good, if not better, than anyone else in Europe. Lately, we haven't been playing like that but we can get back to those high levels.''
The unpredictable nature of this season's English Premier League could well facilitate a Chelsea comeback. Manchester United have a tough trip to Liverpool this weekend, while, in May, they have to visit the Emirates for a potentially title-decider at Arsenal before hosting Chelsea.
Arsenal have a tough set of fixtures themselves, having to host Liverpool and travel to Tottenham in a matter of three days in April. They then host Manchester United at the Emirates in May. Chelsea have to host visits from Manchester City and Tottenham before traveling to United between now and the end of the season.
Given that all clubs have tough fixtures, it makes for an exciting final phase of the season. Anything can happen!