Aston Villa boss says title race is still open

Chelsea are clear favourites among the bookies, following their 3-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.

He told Sky Sports News: “It’s not Chelsea’s to lose because there’s so, so many games to go.

“You are talking about sides that are chasing them like Manchester United who have won so many championships in the last ten or 12 years that you would think that they are capable of chasing anyone down.

“Chelsea are a very fine side, I said that after – ironically enough – when we beat them a few weeks ago that any side that finishes in front of them would probably win the championship and Manchester United are chasing them.

“It is a setback to Arsenal who I in my own view this season – I don’t mean to be patronising or anything – I think they have played some great stuff.

“Obviously a massive blow to lose a centre forward with the ability of (Robin) van Persie, even more so when he hasn’t been injured playing for his club.

“But no, the sides up there are very, very strong and I think that Chelsea show that week in, week out, that’s why I’ve got the utmost regard.”