John Terry has claimed teams no longer fear Manchester United and that Chelsea's opponents are running scared as they try to complete the greatest comeback in Premier League title history.
The past week has seen the Blues give themselves a glimmer of hope of retaining their crown, something they can only realistically achieve if they win all of their remaining games.
The champions began the weekend as the division's form team, winning six of their previous seven matches, but leaders United remain heavy favourites to get over the line.
However, Terry told Chelsea''s official website "With us doing the double last year then coming back and getting some good early results, the other sides certainly fear playing against Chelsea.
"But as soon as you have that slip you can sense it, people don't fear you as much as a side. You can sense it with Man United, they looked unbeatable and now they've dropped a few points, same as Arsenal.
"We're in a great vein of form, the others not so much, so other teams do believe they can pick up points against them.''
Vice-captain Frank Lampard added: "We did believe we still had a chance and we've shown a lot of spirit in the last six weeks. We've fought our way back into it and I've a feeling, if we win all our games, we could win the league this year.''