By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger believes Chelsea's Champions League knockout at the hands of Inter Milan gives them a disadvantage in the title race.
The Frenchman accepts that the Blues will be physically fresher during the run-in, but says that their European exit could have left damaging effects.
"They have a mental disadvantage and maybe a physical advantage in the longer run," he said.
"I know how hard it is to get over a disappointment like they faced in the Champions League, so the two points they dropped at Blackburn could have been down to that."
The manager also asserted his belief that consistency will provide the key in the title race and said that Arsenal's run must be perfect.
"We have created a fantastic momentum and a great belief within our squad," he said. "But the consistency of our run is the most important.
"What we know is we have three teams in the race. It will be down to the team which is the most consistent.

"We can only focus on our own performance because we know our route has to be perfect.

"To be perfect, it is important we focus on our performances.

"We needed some help from the other teams, but we know even that only now works if we are consistent and can keep our momentum."

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25 Mar 2010