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Chelsea feeling the heat says boss Carlos Ancelotti

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Ancelotti on pressure at Chelsea

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti reckons his team are feeling the strain as they close in on their first Premier League title since 2006.

They lead Manchester United by one point with three games remaining and play Stoke on Sunday.

"I think the players feel the pressure now because they are very close to winning the title," said the Italian.

"But that's normal - it's better to be like this than to be 10 points behind and chasing nothing."

But Ancelotti is confident his first season in London will end with the Premier League title.

"I'm not worried because I know football very well," he added.

"At the end of the season it is always like this. You have to reach your target."

The fact we have not won the title since Jose Mourinho was manager is probably hanging over us

Chelsea's Joe Cole

With Chelsea not in action until Sunday, United will go top of the table if they defeat in-form Tottenham on Saturday.

"Pressure is the engine of life for me but it's important to maintain control of the stress," said the Blues boss.

"So instead of staying in front of the television watching that game it's better to go to the cinema."

United have won the last three Premier League titles - leaving Chelsea without a top-flight triumph since Jose Mourinho left at the end of the 2006-07 season.

"The fact we have not won the title since Mourinho is probably hanging over us," said midfielder Joe Cole.

"We have only won the 2009 FA Cup since he left, and been within the width of a post of winning the Champions League.

"We're hoping it's going to happen this season. We have put ourselves in a great position. Jose is a great manager but he is not the be all and end all for a football club, no one is. It's about the dynamics and how the club works.

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"The most frustrating thing for us really is that we should be six or seven points clear."

Stoke play both Chelsea and United before the end of the season and Potters boss Tony Pulis is relishing having a say in the destination of the Premier League title.

"I have said that Chelsea would win the title, certainly a few weeks ago I felt that, but they have had a hiccup and Manchester United are still there," said Pulis with reference to the Blues' defeat at Tottenham last Saturday.

"It is all to play for. It is whoever holds their nerve best now. Both teams have been there before, they've both won the title so there is no lack of experience within the title race, you are not facing a situation where one side is finding it all a bit different.

"It will be interesting and it is really good for us and our fans that we are pitting our wits against two teams who are going flat out against us. That will be an incentive for us to face up to."



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Chelsea 7-0 Stoke
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Man Utd 3-1 Tottenham
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Ancelotti rejects Ferguson claims
13 Apr 10 |  Premier League
Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea
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