Speroni hails 'unbelievable' Blues
Published 02/05/2015 | 14:11
Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni feels "unbelievable" Chelsea deserve to win the Premier League - but will do his best to prevent it happening against the Eagles on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho's side will end a five-year wait for the title if they win against Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, having sat atop the table for much of the campaign.
A 3-1 victory at Leicester on Wednesday means three points would be enough for the Blues, with Speroni ready to keep them waiting at least another week.
"You don't want anyone to lift the trophy in your face, that's not nice," he said.
"Of course we know we have a job to do. We play for Crystal Palace and we have to do the best we can and that's the mentality we have to have.
"We are not going to go over there just to see what happens, we are going over there to win the game - that's what we want. Obviously it's going to be tough because we know it's Chelsea, but we are really looking forward to it."
Mourinho's pragmatic approach to the title run-in has seen his side labelled 'boring' but Speroni, who recently triggered a 12-month extension to his deal at Palace, does not think that is the case and revealed PFA player of the year Eden Hazard received his vote.
"I think this is probably one of the best Chelsea teams I have seen in a while, they have unbelievable players," he said.
"How can you say they are boring? They have Cesc Fabregas, Oscar, Willian, Hazard, players like that, it's a pleasure to watch them play. They are not boring, not at all.
"When I first signed for Crystal Palace the Chelsea team was a good one but this one, when I saw them at the beginning of the season they were playing some great stuff and I thought 'wow, this team could win the league'. And they are very close to it."
Despite Chelsea being the cream of the crop for much of the season Speroni, who will celebrate 11 years at Selhurst Park with a post-season testimonial against former club Dundee, reckons they will be pushed all the way in defence of their title next year.
"I think other teams are eventually going to be close, closer than they have been this season," he added.
"I know in the last few games they have obviously extended the gap but I think Man City are going to bounce back and be right up there, and Man United will be up there again. And next season is going to be a lot tighter."