Jamie Redknapp has recently expressed his belief that Chelsea can still manage a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League, mainly because they will thrive off of having no pressure on them.

In his column for the Daily Mail, he said:

Thirteen points is a big gap to make up but you still can’t rule out Chelsea for reaching the top four.

The shackles are off and Chelsea are a dangerous animal when there’s no pressure on them. They have a top-class squad and plenty of teams will still be scared of Chelsea.

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The champions began the calendar year off perfectly with a convincing 3-0 win away to Crystal Palace yesterday afternoon at Selhurst Park in awful conditions. With a pair of league home fixtures and a clash with Arsenal at the end of January, Chelsea can look to build on the win and pick up some much-needed points this month in order to begin their climb back up the table.

Redknapp went on:

On the other hand Guus Hiddink’s men will play with no fear and if they can put together a run of five or six wins they still have a chance.

Chelsea’s next action is in the FA Cup against Scunthorpe United at Stamford Bridge on 10th January. The reigning Premier League champions will be hoping to continue their form and avoid another cup upset similar to last season’s defeat to Bradford under Hiddink.