After Liverpool’s emphatic triumph on Sunday over Manchester City, the Reds have moved two points clear at the top of the Premier League table, with just four games left to play. Their destiny lies in their own hands now, but as with the nature of the Premier League, we can still expect a few surprises till the end of the season.
And that is what Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is exactly hoping for. Despite seizing the initiative in the title race, Cech believes Liverpool need to prove they can “jump the final hurdle”.
Cech feels that Liverpool will have to deal with the pressure of the new situation and their inexperience in that respect could prove to be a deciding element in the remaining few games of the season.
“We have players who played with big games,” Cech said as quoted in The Times.
“We have things in our hands. We need to wait for one slip-up from Man City, but if we win our games we have a chance. No one expected anything from Liverpool and they are in contention and that is why they have played without pressure, so far. But let’s see how they are going to cope when it comes to the last hurdle. They will have to jump it.
“They have been doing remarkably well. Sometimes when you have a young team you often don’t feel any pressure, they just play and you have it like that.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s fixture against Sunderland has been brought forward a day to Saturday in order to give the Blues sufficient time to prepare for their European encounter with Atletico Madrid in the semi-final.
The return leg in West London comes just three days after Chelsea play at Anfield – the match that could decide the potential winner of this Premier League season.