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Chelsea player confident of ‘closing the gap’ on Manchester United, despite lucky win against Wigan

The Blues are lucky to be just the seven points behind Manchester United in what is being described as the ‘title stroll’ at the moment. Having played a game more, they stand next to no chance of catching the champions, despite the super-optimistic words of this player.

The Daily Mail reports that Frank Lampard is a glass half-full kind of guy, and he retains hope that his Chelsea team can close the gap on the Red Devils. Never mind the fact that Fergie’s men are likely to stretch their legs this week with victory over Newcastle, the midfielder is holding out for United slipping up (conceding a few more goals would be a start).

‘We closed the gap last year and only fell a little bit short, the gap can close,’ the midfielder said. ‘Considering the crisis everyone says we’re having this season, we’re still in second position. I know we’re a fair distance behind Manchester United, but we’ll keep going.

‘There are a lot of points still available, although to be fair to Manchester United they have been on a fantastic run, whether that will keep going I don’t know.

‘We have to believe it might not, worry about ourselves and keep getting as many points as possible. They could feel the pressure like they did last year when we were chasing them. You never know what can happen.

‘They can’t go on winning forever, one day they might start getting some penalty decisions against them at home. The luck can change and do so very quickly.’

Ah, a thinly-veiled reference to Da Silva’s tug on Pedersen the other week, a foul which should have resulted in a penalty to Blackburn. Do you think Chelsea still have an outside chance of winning the league, or should they be all about an impressive FA Cup and Champions League double instead? Just how can Manchester United be beaten at the moment?

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