Chelsea captain John Terry said Liverpool F.C's victory over Manchester City boosts his side's chances of winning the Premier League title. Liverpool's dramatic 3-2 win against third-placed Man City saw them pull five points clear at the top of the table, but Chelsea cut that gap to only two points by defeating Swansea City through Demba Ba's second-half strike.
"We obviously knew about the Liverpool result and it's probably the one we wanted," Terry told Sky Sports. The Chelsea centre-back said their win over Swans has put additional pressure on their rivals. "We've won our game and the pressure is still on the teams above and below us. We knew we would make it very easy for them if didn't win our games, regardless of the result at Anfield," he added. (Rodgers pleased with win)
Terry also admitted that the manner in which Chelsea played was not perfect but the final result was pleasing. "Patience was the key, 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," he said. (Chelsea win against Swansea City)
Swansea had to play most of the match a man down after Chico Flores was dismissed in the 16th minute for two reckless tackles at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. Terry said he'd spoken to referee Phil Dowd in the lead-up to the official's decision to send off Flores. (Liverpool beat Manchester City)
"I just said 'that's a second yellow'. Fair play to Phil. It was a big decision to make and he made the right one. I'm speaking as a Chelsea player, but I think everyone would say it was a second yellow. If it takes a minute, two or five minutes to make the decision and it's a yellow, it doesn't matter."
However, Swansea caretaker head coach Garry Monk was rather less impressed with the conduct of Terry and several other Chelsea players, and indeed the Blues' management, in the lead-up to Dowd dismissing Spanish defender Flores for his second challenge on Andre Schurrle.
"If you go by the letter of the law it is a sending off, but if you go by the letter of the law every week, you will get six or seven sendings off a game," said Monk.
While Swansea were left ruing the decision and the eventual result, Chelsea fans were pleased and will now gear up for the big clash at Anfield on April 27.