Sunday 20 November 2011

Villas-Boas says Liverpool are title threat

Reds can be champions despite recent draws, insists Chelsea boss

Chelsea are still competing in four competitions this season

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas says Liverpool could yet win the Barclays Premier League title despite the Reds recent run of draws which has seen them fall behind the legue's pace-setters.

Ahead of Sunday's match between the sides at Stamford Bridge, Kenny Dalglish's side find themselves 15 points behind leaders Manchester City.

But despite a stutter which has seen them draw three matches in a row at Anfield, Villas-Boas said he still saw Liverpool as potential champions.

Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in England
- Andre Villas-Boas

"Dalglish has made the necessary changes to Liverpool for them to progress to title contenders this year," he said.

"He made seven changes to the team, seven coming in, which represents the type of commitment the ownership have to put them back on title-winning ways.

"They are one of the biggest clubs in England and I always assumed they were challenging for the title."

Chelsea are themselves 12 points behind City, albeit with two games in hand but Villas-Boas said he was not concerned, saying there is plenty of time to make up the deficit.

"Chelsea's recovery last season was from February onwards," he said. 

"April, March and May are still tight in terms of the calendar.

"All the top teams will most likely be involved in the Champions League, which can dictate tiredness or less response in terms of the Premier League."

But with the Blues competing in the Champions League Carling Cup quarter-final, Villas-Boas said the period up to Christmas is crucial for his side.

"It's a good period for the different competitions," he said.

"You can qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League, the Premier League can maybe start taking its pattern by the end of December.

"There's also a quarter-final in the Carling Cup with Liverpool, which gives us a chance to go into that competition next year."

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Key Points

  • Reds' title charge stutters with three home draws
  • Chelsea also off pace - but with matches in hand
  • Villas-Boas says next month is crucial for his side