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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has warned Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson the title race is not over, despite his side falling eight points behind the Premiership leaders after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal.

“Ferguson must be happy now because we can say we dropped two points but if he thinks it’s over he’s in trouble because it’s not,” said Mourinho.

“We are here for the fight and I enjoy the fight. It is better to be in front but let’s chase them – we can do it.”

Chelsea have one game in hand on Manchester United, which they will play on Wednesday when Newcastle visit Stamford Bridge.

“On Wednesday – no disrespect to Newcastle – I think I will be here saying the points difference is five,” said Mourinho.

“It is a difference but that is not much of a difference in a long Premiership.

“The first step is the five-point difference and after that we will enjoy it. We showed we are not afraid of them and we can beat them at Stamford Bridge.”

Arsenal were on the verge of inflicting a rare home defeat on Chelsea after Matthieu Flamini had put Arsene Wenger’s side ahead with 12 minutes remaining.

But Michael Essien’s stunning strike on 84 minutes secured a point for Chelsea.

“Because of the way they controlled the game in the first half, I am happy to settle for a draw,” said Mourinho.

“In the first half, they controlled possession and played with more quality and confidence but I don’t remember a single shot.

“It was a bit of a surprise for a team behind the leaders not to come here to win but just to go for the draw.

“In the last period we had big chances to win but we didn’t.”

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