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Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri refuses to get carried away with Chelsea’s title prospects, despite Sunday’s win over Manchester United which took the Blues to the top of the Premier League.

Frank Lampard’s first-half penalty earned the points over the reigning champions, but Ranieri remains circumspect about Chelsea’s position.

“I think all three teams near the top will change positions between now and the end of the season, but for now we will enjoy this,’ he said.

“If we are top when we play United in May I will be very happy, but the league season is very long.”

Chelsea are a point clear of Arsenal, who drew 0-0 with Fulham on Sunday, and four points ahead of United.

“It was an amazing match for us. We are top of the league and that’s important,’ Ranieri added.

“Manchester United didn’t find the right solution against us, but in the second half they put us under pressure because they were desperate.

“In the first half we were fantastic, but in the second we needed to be more calm, get possession of the ball and perhaps get a second goal.

“We wanted to close out the match, but sometimes it is important to retain the right focus and discipline.”

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