Florent Malouda has urged Chelsea to put "everything" into winning their last five games of the season in the hope of completing one of the greatest ever Barclays Premier League title comebacks.
The Blues gave themselves a glimmer of hope of retaining their crown after beating Birmingham 3-1 to move up to second in the table, six points adrift of Manchester United.
Malouda, who netted twice, knows even maximum points in the run-in may ultimately prove futile.
But with a trip to Old Trafford to come and United also having to travel to third-placed Arsenal, the destiny of the title has still to be decided.
"The title race is open for the three teams," Malouda told his club's official website, www.chelseafc.com. "We have no choice but to win every game to put pressure on Man United.
"They have to play at Arsenal but we have to play our part by winning our games. We have to stay humble, we know where we are coming from."