Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso is refusing to rule Chelsea out of the Premier League title race despite Manchester City’s already healthy advantage over Maurizio Sarri’s side.
The defending champions’ 2-1 victory at Watford on Tuesday combined with the Blues’ shock reverse by the same scoreline at Wolves 24 hours later means City head to Stamford Bridge this weekend with a 10-point cushion over their opponents.
Sarri has repeatedly insisted that he is not considering his team as genuine challengers to City’s crown, but left-back Alonso believes it is too soon to write off their chances.
“It’s too early to talk about it, obviously. If we lose [on Saturday] we are going to be 13 points from the top and that’s a lot of points but we have to think, prepare for the game well, and not pay attention to the table at the moment,” he said.
“It is the perfect opportunity to come back. It will be a great game for sure, everyone will be very motivated to play.
Chelsea have won only one of their previous four league outings and Alonso says it is time to rediscover the philosophy that saw them go 12 unbeaten at the start of Sarri’s reign.