Thibaut Courtois reckons Chelsea win over QPR could knock the wind out of the sails of title rivals Arsenal and Manchester United.
The Blues scraped their way to a 1-0 win over neighbours QPR yesterday, with Cesc Fabregas bagging a late goal for the visitors.
And with both United and Arsenal securing victories, Courtois reckons Chelsea’s victory sends a message to the chasing pack that the leaders are in no mood to relinquish their advantage.
“I won’t say it’s decided already but if we’d drawn it would have given Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City hope to be champions,” he said.
“But by winning it they can still see we are there on top, haven’t dropped points and that’s important.
“We know we are going into the United game with a seven-point lead and, hopefully, with a bigger gap going into the Arsenal game. The next two games are really important so to win here was big.
“Arsenal are in great shape and it’s reflected in the standings. They were always fourth, fifth maybe, but have grown slowly and now they are there and are putting pressure on us.
“But I think we are handling it well. We are doing our thing and we don’t look to the others.”