Falcao would not guarantee Chelsea the title

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If Chelsea sign their dream target, would they win the league? Even if they get their man, its out of their hands.

Colombian striker Falcao is the man Chelsea want more than any other in January. But they face a tough battle to convince him.

The 26-year-old recently spoke of his desire to stay at Atletico where the club is fighting for 'important things' - Even if overhauling Barcelona in La Liga looks a mammoth an improbable task.

Over in the Premier League, Falcao's chances of a medal would not be any better.

Manchester United already have a significant lead in the title race, even despite Chelsea's recent resurgence.

Chelsea have two games in hand on United, and if they win them then they will cut the 14 point gap which current stands - But they will still have an eight-point gap to negotiate.

There is a lot of football still to be played this season - United have 17 games to play, and last season's collapse cost United a title which was in their grasp - lightning may strike twice, but Sir Alex Ferguson will be determined his side do not falter again.

The thought of Rafa Benitez being the one to swipe the title from his grasp is an exciting one, and the way Chelsea are playing it is hard not to see them having a say, with or without Falcao.

The question is just whether Chelsea have left themselves too much to do?

Since returning from the Club World Cup, Chelsea have been sensational, beginning with a 5-1 win against Leeds, followed up by an 8-0 win over Villa and wins away to both Norwich and Everton.

Last year Chelsea demolished QPR at Stamford Bridge, it is hard on current form not to see them doing the same again tonight.

The last time Rafa Benitez was involved in a title push, his Liverpool side were the most dangerous in the league, even beating United 4-1 at Old Trafford, but they too left themselves too much to do, by virtue of a run of poor home results.

After Chelsea lost 3-2 to United at Stamford Bridge this season, they went on a run of six Premier League games without a win. That period - which included matches with Fulham, West Brom, Swansea, Manchester City, Liverpool and West Ham - could just be crucial when all is said and done.

If Chelsea and United were level, you'd have to say that by bringing in a Falcao, the Blues would immediately become favourites for the title.

Right now, with eight points to overcome, the Colombian would offer no guarantee, but perhaps that isn't to say Chelsea shouldn't try anyway.

Have Chelsea left themselves too much to do? Or can they still win the league?

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