Carlo Ancelotti is refusing to concede that Chelsea are virtually guaranteed the Premier League title after demanding maximum concentration heading into the final game of the season.
Chelsea's 2-0 victory over a lacklustre Liverpool at Anfield coupled with Manchester United's victory over Sunderland later on Sunday ensured the title race will go to the final day of the season next weekend.
Steven Gerrard's first-half gaffe when his careless back-pass let in Didier Drogba for an opening goal and a 54th-minute strike from Frank Lampard wrapped up three comfortable points at Anfield for the impressive Blues.
But despite knowing that a home victory over Wigan Athletic next Sunday will see them crowned champions at the expense of holders United, Ancelotti is still refusing to get carried away with his side's major advantage in the title race.
"It was a very important step in the fight for the title," said the stoic Italian."We played very well and deserved to win.
"It was a fantastic result and a fantastic performance, but we know we have to wait until the last game against Wigan and stay focused.
"We are happy tonight because it was a difficult step against Liverpool at Anfield. We played very well with personality, courage and tactically very well.
"We are in a very good situation and will stay focused for the next game.
"We always said that this Premier League would be decided at the end of the season in the last game and I think it will be so."