Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea’s captain, has confessed that the Blues’ Premier League title hopes may be dead following their 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday.
Kevin De Bruyne was the difference in the winners’ victory, scoring the game’s only goal in the 70th minute to crush Chelsea.
Although it was only their third league defeat of the season, Thomas Tuchel’s side currently trail City by 13 points.
Although Chelsea remain second in the league rankings, they have games in hand on Liverpool, West Ham, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur.
Azpilicueta implied after the match, according to NBC Sports, that their team’s title challenge may already be finished. As he stated:
“It’s more tough after the game than it was before. We were ten points behind and could have made it a seven-point deficit.” Naturally, falling 13 points down is really difficult. You cannot concentrate just on that [pursuit of Manchester City].
With this defeat, the Blues have now lost three consecutive league games and won just four of their past 12.
After a great start to the campaign, their record has deteriorated significantly in recent weeks, and the Spaniard emphasized the significance of winning consistently to maintain a chance in the race.
“We need to regain our consistency in terms of winning games, being solid, and scoring goals in order to reclaim our rhythm – that’s the first step.”
On Tuesday, [we will attempt to] reclaim our winning ways, as we know Brighton will be a difficult opponent.”
Chelsea’s next Premier League match is against Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Chelsea on the verge of being relegated to a fight for the top four slots
Rather than challenging for the championship, Chelsea’s recent poor form has jeopardized their prospects of finishing in the top four.
As previously said, several of the teams directly below them in the standings have a lot of games in hand, which means they might be pushed farther down the table, perhaps out of the Champions League places, if current run continues.
It’s been difficult to replace Reece James and Ben Chilwell, two of their standout performances this season, while Romelu Lukaku has struggled for consistency since returning from his own extended injury layoff.
Indeed, Tuchel chastised the Belgian after the game for his shoddy performance, while bemoaning the loss of Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante.