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Chelsea will keep turning up heat in title race, warns Terry

Chelsea captain John Terry believes the Blues have managed to keep the pressure on their title rivals with a 1-0 victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Liverpool's dramatic 3-2 win against third-placed Manchester City saw Brendan Rodgers' men pull five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, but Chelsea cut that gap to just two points by downing the Swans through Demba Ba's second-half strike in south Wales.

Centre-back Terry, who watched his counterpart Chico Flores pick up a red card after 16 minutes, revealed Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had demanded his players ignore the result at Anfield to focus on their own performances.

Terry admitted: "We obviously knew about it and looking at the result, it's probably the one we wanted.

"It was important, as the manager said before the game, that we knew that regardless of that result if we don't win our games we'll make it very easy for them.

"But we've won our game and the pressure is still on the teams above and below us.

"I think patience was the key today, especially after they had their man sent off not long into the game. Sometimes we weren't patient or at our best but we got the three points."

Senegalese striker Ba, who scored the goal that ensured Chelsea's progression to the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Paris St Germain in midweek, was pleased to make another winning contribution after spending much of the season on Mourinho's bench.

"Not a bad week," he said. "I'm happy for the team, for me and for my family.

"I never stopped believing. I knew that the manager always likes to keep three strikers and in a moment like this I knew I would get the opportunity to come in and do something."

Ba's goal arrived in the 68th minute after the striker capitalised on a fortuitous deflection off home defender Ashley Williams.

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