Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he is not optimistic about catching Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
The Blues are eleven points off Pep Guardiola’s side, albeit with a game in hand, and Tuchel says that, while his team will not give up on the race, he feels both City and Liverpool could be out of reach:
“The problem is they are also on a run since a long time. They are like three years on a run, I have the feeling, it seems like they are three years on a run and it’s like our 13 games is not enough. We have to be honest. We will never admit anything before things are decided, we will always push ourselves and push ourselves to the limit. We cannot do anything else.”
“But we should not get carried away. Two teams took advantage of our problems, so full credit to them and they deserve where they are and we need to make sure to catch as many points as possible.”
As Tuchel points out, past seasons suggest that the likes of City and Liverpool don’t drop many points during the run-in, but Chelsea should still keep their focus, just in case they trip up.
The London club are certainly doing all they can to keep up the pressure, having only lost once in their last 14 matches, and that is tremendous credit to both Tuchel and the players who have maintained their levels of performance despite off-field distractions.
Chelsea have seven games in April so the Blues will be hoping to maintain that momentum during a month packed with fixtures.