'No pressure on us’ - Chelsea legend warns title rivals

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John Terry claims that the pressure is not on Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title - but on Liverpool and Manchester City instead.

Liverpool are the talk of the town, and rightly so. After all, manager Brendan Rodgers’ side are still two points clear at the top of the Premier League table and remain in control of their own destiny.

If Liverpool win their four remaining Premier League matches, then they will win the domestic league for the first time since 1990 - irrespective of how their title-challengers fare in the last month of the campaign.

There were emotional scenes at Anfield after their game against Manchester City on Sunday, with Steven Gerrard breaking down in tears and pulling his teammates into a huddle. Liverpool had gone 2-0 up, but were then pegged back level, finally running out 3-2 winners on a day that was marking the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Yet, there was another group of players on Sunday who were also making a grab for the title - Chelsea, busy picking up three points against 10-man Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Once again, it was Demba Ba who rescued the Blues, scoring the only goal of the encounter midway through the second half. The gap between Chelsea and Liverpool is back to two points, and the Champions League semi-finalists are very much in the title race.

Just like Liverpool, the Blues will believe that they control their own destiny. Next up is the visit of Sunderland and then that massive game at Anfield to take on Liverpool. Those games will be followed by clashes against Norwich City (home) and Cardiff City (away).

Chelsea captain John Terry was pleased that Manchester City lost at Anfield, which means that the Citizens are now seven points off the pace and five points behind Chelsea (but with two games in hand).

The former England international claimed that the pressure is now on Liverpool, however, to maintain their winning run, and on Manchester City to close on the gap.

'It feels like a bigger win because of the earlier result', the Daily Star quotes the 33-year-old saying.

'We've won our game, and the pressure is still on the teams above and below us'.

No matter what Terry says, however, the pressure is on Chelsea as well. Unlike Manchester City and Liverpool, the London outfit will be involved in a two-legged Champions League semi-final tie against Atletico Madrid, and these difficult matches will most certainly also have a bearing on Chelsea's Premier League performance. 

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