The grass at Stamford Bridge will be in for another tough encounter as the Blues will host Pep Guardiola’s men on Wednesday.
After the loss against Crystal Palace which reduced Chelsea’s point gap to seven points at the top of the table, the game against City has now added pressure to Chelsea and Sky Sports pundit Steve Bates believes Chelsea just have to win that fixture.
“If City were to win in midweek, then it [the title race] is definitely back on,” Steve Bates told the Sunday Supplement.
“The interesting thing here is that it has been pretty much plain sailing for Antonio Conte so far. The last big significant defeat they had was against Tottenham and they really came back strongly from that and went on another huge winning run.
“Can they do that again at a time of the season when it is notoriously squeaky-bum time, as Fergie famously called it? Conte has never been in the situation all season where the pressure is beginning to bite now.
“And although they have that cushion of seven points, it is certainly his job now to make sure it does not get in the players’ minds that, if we lose against City, it [the lead] is down to four points….
“Then everything goes out the window and it would be up for grabs if City do manage to beat them.”