Desperate Chelsea clutch at straws after Manchester United win

Victories against Wigan and Everton can temporarily haul Chelsea level on points with Manchester United at the top of the Premier League. However, they really needed the Red Devils to drop points against Arsenal on Sunday and must have been delighted when Emmanuel Adebayor eventually gave the visitors the lead.

Despite United staging an impressive comeback to win the game 2-1, the Daily Telegraph reports that Blues manager Avram Grant is still clutching at straws adamant that Chelsea’s destiny is in their own hands. The two teams play each other on 26th April, although United’s goal difference means they could afford to lose the game and still retain the title.

“I believe that nobody is a computer,” he said. “Pressure can affect anybody. It can take you forward in a positive way, but you can see that even big players under pressure can play not like they used to. It can be any team, any player.”

He said: “If we win the next two games the next game is against Man United. Then we are in a good position. I don’t think there is a team stronger than us.”

While Chelsea should be victorious against Wigan this evening, Thursday’s trip to Goodison will be a test against a team still clinging on to the hope of finishing fourth in the Premier League. Nothing less than six points will do for Grant’s men before the big showdown next week.

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