London: Petr Cech insists Chelsea can cope with the demands of challenging for a Premier League and Champions League double as the Blues face Sunderland at the start of an eight-day period that could define their season.
Jose Mourinho's side go into the latest round of Premier League matches in second place, two points behind leaders Liverpool.
Victory at Stamford Bridge over bottom of the table Sunderland will ensure Chelsea increase the pressure on Liverpool, who travel to Norwich the following day.
Mourinho's men will temporarily claim top spot if they beat Sunderland, leaving them in control of their own destiny in the title race ahead of the crucial trip to face Liverpool at Anfield on April 27.
Chelsea's position was strengthened in midweek by Sunderland who held Man City to a draw at Eastlands.
But Chelsea also have a European campaign to consider however, as they travel to Atletico Madrid for the first leg of the Champions League semi-final next Tuesday.
The coming days will test the depth of Mourinho's squad, although Eden Hazard is the only significant injury concern and he could yet recover to face Sunderland.
Chelsea's goalkeeper Cech believes the squad possesses enough experience and know-how to handle the test ahead. "It's very tough to play three huge games in a row but that's why we are a top club," he said.
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