By Chris Harris

Gael Clichy is not surprised that Chelsea are making a late surge for the Premier League crown.

The Blues haven't been in the top two since the start of December and few have tipped them for the title this season, but a stunning 4-4 draw at Tottenham on Wednesday night means Avram Grant's side within two points of Arsenal and five behind leaders Manchester United. Crucially the top two are both to visit Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's title credentials will be put to the test on Sunday when the Gunners travel to west London. Clichy will be doing his best to keep Arsenal's noses in front of their city rivals but the Frenchman always expected Chelsea to be in contention when the Premier League battle reached its climax.

"I don't think they have been overlooked," Clichy told "We always knew that Chelsea were going to be there at the end with such a great team and all the players they have got in the squad.

"They are a great club with great players, they won two championships and the only thing they are missing is the Champions League. Of course I won't wish them good luck for this year because we are still in it!

"Chelsea have been behind in the Premier League and that's not easier because you always have to win your games to catch up. But when you are in third people don't look at you like they look at the first team.

"We've had the experience of being on top and the pressure has been on. It's good to be top, it shows the quality is there, but it's not bad to be second or third. It will be an interesting end to the season and we hope we can come out in first place."

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Chris Harris 20 Mar 2008