Mourinho unconcerned about diminishing lead

April 3, 2006

It would appear there is life in the Premiership title race yet, but with typical bravado, Jose Mourinho is unconcerned.

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A goalless draw at relegation-threatened Birmingham, combined with a 2-1 victory for Manchester United at Bolton, means the gap between the top two is now just seven points.

Stuttering Chelsea have won just one of their last five games on the road, while United have steamrollered their way to eight successive wins.

At this rate, their showdown at Stamford Bridge on April 29 could have more than just bragging rights resting on it.

But a defiant Mourinho said: 'I think United won't catch us still.

'We have three matches at home and three away. If we win the three at home, we are champions. We don't need even a point away.'

Midfielder Frank Lampard is of the same mind, firmly believing the Blues will regain their title, insisting: 'We are confident we won't stutter.

'We know what games we've got to come and we are capable of winning them all. We've got to play United, but it will be nice to have the title in the bag before that game.'

There are no guarantees of that, although one cast-iron certainty are the mind games that will unfold between Mourinho and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson between now and then.

Certainly, Bolton boss Sam Allardyce is refusing to write United off after watching them come from behind to become the first team in 22 matches this season to win at the Reebok Stadium.

'There is no doubt in my mind they are going to go and challenge Chelsea,' said Allardyce, whose side took the lead through Kevin Davies but were pegged back via Louis Saha and Ruud van Nistelrooy, the latter scoring his 150th goal for United.

'The last time they came from behind, they went on a monster run from January to the end of the season when they won most of their games.

'If Sir Alex keeps everyone fit, it looks as though they are in the same frame of mind again.'

The point for Birmingham against Chelsea moved them to within two of midlands rivals West Brom following their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at The Hawthorns.