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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti - Manchester United are still the favourites to win the English Premier League

posted 6 May 2011, 11:19 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 6 May 2011, 11:22 ]

Chelsea are treating their crucial Premier League fixture against Manchester United as if it were a final, says manager Carlo Ancelotti.

COBHAM, NEAR LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (MAY 6, 2011) REUTERS - Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted on Friday (May 6) that Manchester United are stil the favourites to win the English Premier League but they can expect a Blues team playing "as if it was a final" when they meet at Old Trafford this weekend.

The result of Sunday's (May 8) match will go a long way to deciding the fate of the title race with United holding a slender three point lead over their rivals with three matches to play.

A Chelsea victory this weekend would put them on top of the league for the first time this year and set up a thrilling finish to the season while United will have one hand on the trophy if they win.

"It is like a final for us," Ancelotti told reporters at the team's training base in

"We are not happy, we wanted to play the Champions League final but we have to be happy to play this kind of final instead.

"It is a different type of final but for us, we can compare this game to a final."