'The title is now Chelsea's to lose'

With 14 games to go there’s no doubt that the title race has a fair way to go. Equally, there’s no doubt that Chelsea are in a very strong position.

Arsene Wenger was asked about the destiny of the title, his own team’s aspirations and communicating from the stand when he faced the media. Here’s what he said:

on whether he thinks Chelsea will be champions now…
They look at the moment in full confidence, powerful, strong, they don’t concede goals. It’s for them to lose it. They are in the best position, they don’t play in Europe, they can wait every week for the next game and prepare properly. They are in a very, very strong position.

on where that leaves our aspirations for the remainder of the season…
It leaves us to focus and prepare to win the next game and that’s what football is about.

on whether he felt that his big players didn’t match Chelsea’s big players…
I’ll leave that to you. For me it’s very difficult to come out individually on players after a big disappointment like that. Certainly individually we were not at our best in some positions and it’s very difficult to speak about that straight after the game.

on his touchline ban coming at the worst possible time…
It is very frustrating because I prefer to do my job like I want to do it, but I have to pay for what I did and I accept it. We have to get on with it and I especially have to get on with it.

on whether it makes communication hard…
It’s frustrating to watch from upstairs because you sit in the middle of people. They call on the phone, they stand up, they get down… but I don’t think that is an explanation of our defeat today.

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