Chelsea ace questions Liverpool bottle in title run-in

Petr Cech

Chelsea keeper Petr Cech questions the bottle of Liverpool as they close in on maiden Premier League title.

Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Cech has questioned the bottle of the Liverpool squad in the run-in of their Premier League title challenge.

Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield on the weekend to take a huge stride towards winning their first ever Premier League title.

The Reds sit two points ahead of Chelsea at the summit of the table, with the London club still having to travel to Merseyside later this month in what will surely be the deciding game that determines this seasons champions.

Chelsea keeper Petr Cech, who has won three Premier league titles during his time at Stamford Bridge, has questioned the nerve of the league leaders as they prepare for their final four games of the season.

­“Sometimes when you have a young team they don’t feel any pressure they just play.” Cech told the Mirror.

“No one expected anything from Liverpool and they’re in contention – that’s why they’ve played without pressure so far.

“But let’s see how they’re going to cope when it comes to the last hurdle. They will have to jump it.

“Yes, they have been doing remarkable well but we have things in our hands as well.”

A Chelsea win at Anfield a week on Sunday would see them jump Liverpool in the table to retake the lead of the title race, but would still need a slip-up from Manchester City who have two games in hand on both clubs.

Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture in December, but it has often been the Merseyside club who have come out on top during crunch fixtures down the years.

A Champions League semi-final back in 2005 saw Liverpool beat Chelsea 1-0 at Anfield in controversial circumstances, as Luis Garcia scored the winner that Jose Mourinho claims never crossed the line.

Liverpool went on to lift the trophy that season, denying Mourinho his second Champions League title. Two seasons later Liverpool again beat Chelsea to qualify for the Champions League final, this time beating them on penalties after a 1-1 draw on aggregate. That season the Reds would go on to lose in the final to AC Milan.

Liverpool’s nerve will certainly be tested in a fortnight as they bid for their first league title in 24 years, but the confidence and spirit is at optimum level and will take some performance for Cech and Chelsea to derail their title bid.

The mind games are only just beginning.

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