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Anelka has confidence Chelsea can claw back points deficit

With all the doom and gloom swirling round Chelsea and their ability to regain their Premier League crown, one player at least is keeping the faith it can happen, because history is on his side. Nicolas Anelka insists the Blues can come back from 12 points behind Manchester United to win the Barclays Premier League - because he did it with Arsenal 13 years ago.

Chelsea are currently in fifth place, nine points adrift of the unbeaten leaders, who have a game in hand.

"It is going to be tough but anything is possible, even if it is very hard," he told his club's official website.

"We have to win every game from now, and maybe we can do it, but to win every game is hard. Most important is to win against the teams that are around and in front of us.

"At Arsenal in 1998, we had belief because, like I said, in football anything is possible, and if you are winning game after game and others are dropping points, it can happen."

Anelka also agrees with team-mate Frank Lampard that the squad have lacked confidence as the season has progressed and form dipped.

"I don't think we lack confidence as individuals, but maybe as a team we didn't look like we knew what we had to do on the pitch," said the 31-year-old.

"That's why I think Frank said that.

"But, as individuals, we know our quality and what we each need to do.

"But we don't play alone on the pitch, we have to play as a team and all 11 players need to work together, which was the problem during a difficult time."

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