Feb 3 2012 By Yann Tear
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QPR FANS will no doubt delight in the admission, given the bitterness of the rivalry: Andre Villas-Boas has admitted the October defeat at QPR was the beginning of the end of Chelsea's title bid.
Rangers fans will dine out on that 1-0 win for years, although the famous victory against a Blues side reduced to nine men ended acrimoniously, with claims of racial abuse by John Terry.
The Chelsea boss is in no doubt that the defeat was decisive and that his team have regressed since the heady opening days of the season before that game at Loftus Road.
"If I had to recall what has happened this season, I would always reflect on the tipping point being the QPR game," Villas-Boas said.
"From a position where we could end up second, three points behind the leader, we ended up six points behind the leader, with too much controversy involved.
"What we [anticipated] to be a three point game became a nine point gap after the Arsenal game.
"I think it was dramatic because we really [expected] to win that game and in normal conditions, we would have won. Abnormal conditions were created in that game and we couldn't win it."
Villas-Boas added: "Are we a better team than in September? No, not really. The beginning of the season were our best results. We were solid, creative, positive.
"At this level, you shouldn't be allowed a transitional year, but the project for next year is good and is being built and we believe a lot in it, so we will be able to compete at a different level [next year]."