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Cech: Chelsea relying on Man Utd meltdown to retain title

Chelsea keeper Petr Cech admits Manchester United need to seriously slip up if the Blues are to stand any chance of retaining their Barclays Premier League title. Chelsea kept their slim hopes alive by beating United 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night to close to within 12 points of the leaders with a game in hand.

The stopper told his official website, www.petr-cech.com: "It is a very important win and it was our only hope of retaining at least some chance of winning the title.

"There are still 33 points in play, so it may happen. But it all depends on Manchester and whether they will feel the effects of this defeat.

"They still have it in their own hands and 12 points is a good lead. We have to keep winning.

"We have just made the first step but we are satisfied with the result and with the fact that we have moved into fourth and are just two points behind Manchester City."

The gap that remains between Chelsea and United did not prevent Cech and his team-mates celebrating last night's victory.

He said: "We were in a terrific mood. After all, beating Manchester United always makes one happy.

"They are our traditional rivals in the title race and the win is very valuable."

The two meet again in May and Cech added: "We are yet to play at Old Trafford and if we could succeed there, it would take us even closer to United."

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