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Terry plans a Chelsea surge in title hunt

John Terry believes Chelsea are capable of moving clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League in 2014.

Chelsea have won one Premier League title since Jose Mourinho's departure in September 2007 – when Carlo Ancelotti led the Blues to a league and FA Cup double in 2009/10 – and were out of contention by Christmas in the last two seasons.

The Blues were 11 points behind last Christmas, but after Monday night's goalless draw at Arsenal are fourth, two points behind Liverpool, who visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday and lead the Gunners only on goal difference.

"The point still keeps us up there and amongst everyone," said Terry.

"We all know – and the fans have seen it home and away – that we can get better.

"So whilst everyone is dropping points in and around us, hopefully in the new year we have to start firing again and put ourselves on a good run of games.

"If we do that we're more than capable of pulling away from everyone."

Mourinho called for a raucous backing from the Blues faithful when Swansea and then Liverpool visit in quick succession today and Sunday, with Chelsea firmly in title contention.

"I hope Stamford Bridge is there for us; Stamford Bridge with noise," Mourinho said.

"On the last Boxing Day, Chelsea were 11 points behind the leader, out of the title race. And we are there. Two points behind both leaders.

"We are there so we have reasons to keep going. The way to get the first objective, which is top four and Champions League –which will be hard for everybody – is to be at least close in the title race.

"Let's enjoy the moment."

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