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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Chelsea face 'difficult' title defence due to Man City form but 'we will fight till the end', insists Willian

Premier League leaders have won 10 and drawn one of their opening 11 games and lead the current holders by nine points.

Willian, centre, believes Manchester City's form will make it hard for Chelsea to win the Premier League title. John Sibley / Reuters
Willian, centre, believes Manchester City's form will make it hard for Chelsea to win the Premier League title. John Sibley / Reuters

Champions Chelsea face a stiff challenge to defend their Premier League title from in-form leaders Manchester City but will fight till the end in the race, midfielder Willian has said.

City have won 10 of their opening 11 league games and sit at the top of the table, nine points ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea.

"It's difficult," Willian told BBC's Football Focus. "Manchester City are playing very well but I think we can fight for the title until the end."

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Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are second and third respectively, a point ahead of Antonio Conte's men.

"It is difficult to play when you were champion last season and to fight for the title again as every team wants to win against Chelsea," added the Brazil international.

Chelsea travel to West Bromwich Albion, who are 16th in the league, on Saturday.