Grant wants to pile on pressure

Chelsea boss eyes two wins

Chelsea boss Avram Grant insists that his side can pile the pressure on Manchester United with victory in their next two games.

The Blues saw United go six points clear at the top with victory over Arsenal on Sunday - which made the title race a two-team affair.

Chelsea, though, have two Premier League games in the next four days, beginning with Wigan on Monday before travelling to Everton on Thursday.

Should Chelsea win both games then they would be level with United before there next league meeting with Blackburn on Saturday - after which point the pair face off at Stamford Bridge in what now looks like being the title decider - a game you can see live on Sky Sports on April 26th.

And Grant is fully confident that his side can force United into a wobble - despite their fine form - with two successive wins.

"I believe that nobody is a com****r," said a confident Grant ahead of his side's clash with Wigan.

"Pressure can affect anybody. It can take you forward in a positive way but also you can see that even big players under pressure cannot play like they used to. It can be any team, any player.

"If we win every game I think we will win the title. But it's not easy to win all the games. I said a week ago I didn't believe Man United and Arsenal would do it, it's not easy.

Nobody stronger

"I can't say we are the best in England but I don't think there is a team stronger than us. I will not say we are the best in the world, even though we want to be, but I can say when we have all our players I don't see a team stronger than us.

"I have told the players it has been a very difficult year and I don't know if other clubs could have done what we have with all the injuries to big players, with the African Cup of Nations and with all the problems we have had.

"The atmosphere is good and we come to the last stage of the season with a very good opportunity to do the best things - we don't want to miss it.

"The players know it's a big opportunity and if I may say so, we deserve it after what we had this year."

Grant is also ready to hand a shock start to Petr Cech - who needed surgery and 50 stitches on a facial injury suffered in training.

Cech was set to be sidelined for at least another week but with Carlo Cudicini sidelined with a hamstring injury, which could rule him out for the rest of the season - a shock return is now on the cards.

"We are testing a mask," said Grant. "We need to go again with it to see. In one training he wore a mask and in another he was without it. We are checking all the possibilities with him.

"I think for the moment it's a risk. But I have not spoken with the specialist. I'm not a doctor."