Terry eyes title tilt

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Chelsea defender John Terry believes Chelsea have closed the gap on the big two and are ready to launch a serious title challenge.

The big-spending West Londoners currently sit atop the Premiership table following a midweek draw at Birmingham, and Terry is determined not to give up their lofty perch without a fight.

The England international has enjoyed an excellent start to the new campaign, but knows both he and Chelsea face possibly their toughest test of the season so far when they travel to face Arsenal at Highbury on Saturday.

"I hope we can stay where we are," stated the 22-year-old. "We are aiming to keep going and keep progressing. That's our target.

"It would be silly after all the hard work we've put in going back to pre-season to throw away our good start.

"We've closed the gap on the sides above us last season - United and Arsenal are the target for everyone.

"We have to keep working hard and hopefully gel that little bit better and maybe become as good as those two clubs.

"We've got a good base and it is now time for us to build on that."

Terry's defensive colleague Wayne Bridge revealed that billionaire Blues owner Roman Abramovich visited the players in the dressing room after they secured the point which took them top at Birmingham to offer his congratulations.

"He told us how proud he was that we were top of the Premiership," said the former Southampton full back.

"The lads are grateful for his support. If we are in this position and everyone is still telling us it takes time for players to gel, then the future is looking good for us."