Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack envisages the Barclays Premier League title going to the wire even if the Blues fail to overcome Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Germany captain insists Chelsea remain on track for success this season with the Premier League title top of their wish-list.
Chelsea were dumped out of the Champions League by Inter Milan, coached by former manager Jose Mourinho, at the last-16 stage of the competition.
But Ballack, 33, is keen to move on from the despair of their elimination and use it to their advantage as they chase domestic glory in the league and FA Cup.
'We have to look forward again,' Ballack told UEFA.com. 'We are still in the race for the championship and the cup and that's what we focus on now. The title is our main goal, but it will still be difficult.
'Three teams are fighting for it now. It's very tight. It will be very close until the end. I think that as the end is approaching, the more exciting it gets. I hope we will be the lucky ones in the end.
'It is something very special when you can win a league title, because it is the one that you play all year for.
'It's not only about us, the players, but the fans and everyone. This is what everyone wants and that is why we want to take it back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2006.'
Ballack is also hoping that he can remain at Chelsea, possibly until the end of his career.
The midfielder will be a crucial part of Germany's side in the World Cup finals this summer but his mind is also firmly focused on playing a part at Stamford Bridge for as long as possible.
'I feel good here and I will try to play at the highest level for as long as possible, that's my goal,' added Ballack.
'Chelsea have given me the opportunity to play in a top team with top players, so I will try to be as successful as possible here.'
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