Chelseas Didier Drogba Predicts Title Race Will Go To The Wire And Says The Season Starts Here
Didier Drogba has called on Chelsea to start a new season in the New Year as he predicted the title race will go down to the wire.
Jose Mourinho’s side led the table by nine points last month and seemed set to run away with the Premier League.
But only one win in their last four away games has seen Manchester City close the gap to three points. And the margin would have been down to one without Burnley’s stunning comeback at the Etihad Stadium.
Chelsea start the second half of the season in another London derby at Tottenham on New Year’s Day.
And Drogba, a veteran of two title victories under Mourinho and again under Carlo Ancelotti, has insisted the job of winning the first title for five years is not even half done.
“I think it’s going to be tough,” said the Blues legend. “Even when people were saying differently a few weeks ago, we knew it was not over.
"A few years ago I think we were 11 or 12 points in front of Man United and then they won the league.
“So eight points or nine points – I don’t know how many points we had on top of Man City – I think it is not enough. It was too early at that time of the season.
"But I think now we start again a new championship. I think the game is on. I think it will go all the way till the end.”
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Mourinho insisted he had no concerns about Chelsea’s away form after the draw at Southampton meant they have only five points from four Premier League matches on the road.
Drogba insisted it was a “good point because we didn’t lose” against a side sitting fourth but added: “I think we should aim for more. That’s football. I think they played well. So, I think nobody will complain about this point.
“What was missing? I don’t know. I think for sure that playing 48 hours after the last game maybe affected the team. But I think that was the same for both teams.”
After three games in seven days, Chelsea now have a small break before visiting White Hart Lane on Thursday.
Drogba, who scored his sixth goal against Tottenham in the reverse fixture earlier this month, said: “I have good memories from there and difficult ones as well.
“Let’s say that they gave us a hard time. It’s going to be a big game – another derby. Now we have to go and take three points away.”
Captain John Terry added: “It’s about putting a good run together now.
"We are playing some really good football and it’s important we maintain the way we’re playing and the mentality we are playing with as well: a kind of quiet arrogance.”
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