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Catch us if you can - Chelsea issue challenge to rivals

ESPN staff
October 28, 2014
Shrewsbury host Chelsea in League Cup

Chelsea's players have issued a challenge to their Premier League rivals as they sit proudly atop the table: Catch us if you can.

Thibaut Courtois was left helpless as Robin van Persie earned Manchester United a point in the dying seconds on Sunday at Old Trafford, but Chelsea remain four points clear at the summit and six ahead of defending champions Manchester City.

The goalkeeper was unhappy at the manner in which Chelsea squandered two points last weekend but said the measure of their good start will come at Liverpool on November 8.

''Of course it was frustrating because we controlled the game," Courtois said of United's equaliser. "But the table says we are the team to catch, that's true.

"If you look at how the game went, it's normal that we were not happy with a point and that says a lot about the way we're playing this season.

"We're doing very well and will try to continue like that and keep on winning."

Mourinho was unhappy following the draw in Manchester, particularly with referee Phil Dowd, but Courtois is already highlighting the importance of next month's clash at Anfield.

"We've had two difficult away games in Manchester and we have to go to Liverpool in a couple of few weeks," Courtois said. "Hopefully we can get a good result there and then we have had a good start.

"But the difficult games are not only against the big teams. It can be hard against the so-called smaller sides too."

Nemanja Matic took a similar stance but the midfielder was wary of burden Chelsea now carry as league leaders.

"They are all behind us, still, and that's good for our team, it gives us confidence. We have done well and deserve to be in this position," Matic said.

"It's a good feeling but also a big responsibility because now everyone wants to win against us, they have extra motivation.

"Every point is very important for us, especially when you're playing against teams like Manchester United - they are strong and everyone knows they're a big club.

"Old Trafford is not an easy place to get points. In the end you never know what is going to decide the championship but maybe this point will be crucial for us.

"Football is like this. Sometimes you can win in the last second, sometimes you lose some points.

"Of course we are not happy because we conceded a goal in the last moments but we won a point and that's still very important for us.

"We already knew Manchester City lost 2-1 and after this we have one more point than before so it's a six point difference between us and them, plus four ahead of Southampton."

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