Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists the door remains ajar for potential title suitors despite his side holding a seven-point advantage at the Premier League summit.
The Blues host Champions League-chasing Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as they bid to recover their poise following a surprise home defeat to Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Should Chelsea stumble further, second-placed Spurs are ready to pounce and if results go their way the White Hart Lane outfit could be just a point adrift of their rivals after their lunchtime clash with Watford on Saturday.
“It’s normal with 27 points available that anything can happen in the league,” said Conte. “We need 21 points to win the league mathematically. I think we are in a really good position.
“Nobody thought that Chelsea could fight this season for the title but we stay there. We stay there and we want to keep this position.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, has told his squad that they have nine games left to secure their future at the club as the Spaniard plans for a summer of transfer activity.
“Every club wants to improve and of course the changes are necessary but we are going to discuss at the end of the season,” said Guardiola. “At the end, the players decide for themselves through their performance on the pitch.”