Petr Cech has urged Chelsea to close the gap on Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City before it becomes too late.

The Blues are currently nine points behind City in fourth place, with surprise-package Newcastle and champions Manchester United also above Andre Villas-Boas' side.

Saturday's stunning 5-3 defeat to Arsenal was Chelsea's second in as many games, following from the previous weekend's loss to Queens Park Rangers, which has seen them lose important ground in the race for the title.

Cech, though, realises the west London club have the ability to kickstart their faltering season, and harks back to memories of last term for inspiration.

"You can't give good teams too much of an advantage," said the Chelsea No.1.

"It's one thing we don't want to do. The sooner we start cutting down their [Manchester City's] advantage, the better it will be for us and we will put them under more pressure.

"So far, City have been doing very well and it's why they are where they are. But there is a long way to go - we still have to play them twice.

"We can't forget that, last year, we had a brilliant start, then a difficult period but had a brilliant finish and could have won the title."

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