Just days after suggesting the title might be beyond Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti believes the Blues are back in the race with only five games to go.
A 3-1 victory against Birmingham City, just 24 hours after Manchester United drew at Newcastle, means Chelsea now sit six points behind Sir Alex Ferguson's side with a meeting to come against their rivals on May 7th.
Having leapfrogged Arsenal into second, the Stamford Bridge side now appear to pose the biggest challenge to United and Ancelotti believes the race is on.
"There are five games until the end of the season, our aim is to win every game and after that we can see where we are in the table," said the Italian post-match yesterday.
"Everyone knows to close the gap of six points with five games is not easy. Our aim is to stay focused on the next five games, after that we can say the season was good or not good."
The Red Devils got the better of Chelsea in their recent Champions League quarter-final, although goals from David Luiz and Frank Lampard helped the west London outfit to victory in their previous Barclays Premier League encounter.
Ancelotti knows that nothing can be taken for granted in football, and has vowed to fight until the last minute now his side are back in the race for the championship.
"In football I've learned that everything can happen in the game until the final whistle. You can win the title in the last minute and you can lose the title in the last minute," continued the former AC Milan boss.
"We thought that one month ago we had a little chance to come back and fight for the title.
"Now, we are happy because we have reached the second place in the table and we will wait to see what happens in the next five games."