'Chelsea can still win the title', insists Grant
Chelsea manager Avram Grant insisted his side are still in the race for the Premier League title after their 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues missed the chance to close the gap on second-placed Manchester United, who slipped up against Manchester City earlier in the day, while Arsenal could extend their lead at the top of table when they face Blackburn at home tomorrow.
But Grant admitted his side are capable of mounting a serious title challenge.
'We can still win the title, it will not be easy, but we can do it and we will challenge to the end,' Grant told Sky Sports One.
'Every player coming back for us will make us stronger and we need them back. Players coming back from the African Nations Cup will help us. Frank Lampard also returned and I thought he played well.
'Of course every game which we don't win we are disappointe, especially when it is a home match.
'We created some chances against Liverpool but it was not a game that was high on quality and was very tactical.
'We had chances to win the game but were unable to get the goal. We changed with subs and tried to win the game but it was not such a good game.'
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez felt his side were marginally the better team in the match after his first encounter with a Chelsea side under Grant.
'I think we were slightly the better side,' Benitez said. 'In the first half we controlled the game and had chances and the in the second sometimes we looked dangerous going forward on the counter attack.
'Chelsea did not have too many chances and we were trying to win the game. Then they brought on more strikers and are a good team but we were solid in defence.
'Of course it is better to get three points but now we need to think about the next game which we have in hand and try to get three points from that.'
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who was handed the man-of-the-match award, echoed his manager's comments and confirmed that the race for fourth place was now their main aim.
He said: 'They are always very tight games, both teams are good at the back and it was the same today although perhaps we just shaded it on performance.
'Normally we come here to stop them playing but with Peter (Crouch) up front we had a few chances to win the game.
'I think we have got to be realistic now we are too far behind Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
'Also we have to show a bit of respect to Everton, Aston Villa and Manchester City because we are battling with them until the end of the season for that fourth spot.'
Crouch added: 'There were a few half chances in the match and we played well.
'But it was a tough game and Chelsea are a big strong side - although we could have nicked it at the end.
'There were a few chances. I dragged one shot wide which in the first half which if I'd have got on target it would have probably gone in.
'We're still a way behind the top three teams but we've shown we can compete and we'll keep going right until the end.'