Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has admitted that his side have set themselves the target of overtaking Manchester City in the Premier League title race.
The Blues are now unbeaten this season but they are currently second in the Premier League table with two points behind leaders Manchester City.
Maurizio Sarri side have now managed three draws and eight wins including Sunday’s 3-1 victory to Crystal Palace.
On the other hand, Pep Guardiola side made an even better start and both sides will lock horns on December 8 at Stamford Bridge.
Therefore, Azpilicueta believes his side will win four games before they meet and beat the champions to overtake them.
“It’s in our hands. Obviously, if we don’t drop points, we have the chance to do it (on December 8),” Azpilicueta said.
“We know that to get to that chance, you have to get the three points in games like we had against Crystal Palace.”
“We cannot drop points, we need to work hard, keep improving and let’s see on that day, if we have the chance to do it.”
“We are happy with our results. We know that we can still do better and the League is very tough – you have to fight for every game.”
“This table at the moment is something that we want – to be at the top at the end.”
“We know that it’s going to be difficult, but we know how to win the Premier League and we will try.”
“It’s up to us. Last season we finished 30 points behind Man City,” the Spaniard added.
“The gap was massive, obviously we are closer this year. We are two points behind and it’s up to us to keep the rhythm.”
“Every year. It’s harder and harder to win the League so it’s up to us. Our only focus is to improve during the week, to improve in the games. That’s been our focus since Maurizio came. We are working on that.”
“Last season the run they had winning (so many) games in a row – no-one could get anywhere near them. It’s true we are closer, but we are in November.”
“Obviously you want to be at the top but we know that in England, we have the Christmas period where we play a lot of games, you then start with the European games knockout stages (in February). We will see how far we will go.”