Melbourne, Mar. 27 (ANI): Chelsea may have slipped a point behind Manchester United but manager Carlo Ancelotti believes the Blues deserve to win the Premier League title.
"Until now, I think we have deserved to win it. But the next game will be very important... Chelsea haven't won the title for a long time, so we need to win this," The Sun quoted Ancelotti, as saying.
Pointing out that Chelsea have been top for most of the season, Ancelotti insists that his players' hard work should be rewarded with the title.
"We have been at the top of the table for a long time and we want to get back there and stay there to win this title," he said.
"This is the time for Chelsea to win. The players believe they will win it because to stay eight months at the top of the table... for this reason, they believe it," he added.
Chelsea's next game is at home to Aston Villa today and, after their 5-0 midweek thrashing of Portsmouth, and the players look in good shape.
Still, the Italian coach is not about to let anyone get complacent and has told his players they will not be out of their 'crisis' unless they beat Martin O'Neill's team.
"We played with consistency because we were top of the league for eight months. We had a difficult moment after the defeat to Manchester City and, for us, it was difficult to come back and emerge from this period," he said.
"We'll see against Villa if this moment is closed. But this team has played with continuity this season."
"When things are bad, you have to stay focused and go back to basics: play football, defend and defend well. In this moment, I spoke a lot with my players to stay focused," he added. (ANI)