Eliaquim has warned his Manchester City team-mates that they can't concentrate all of their efforts on beating Chelsea to the Premier League title as Manchester United and Arsenal are still in contention.
Plenty of pundits have already labelled the Premier League as a two-horse race between the Citizens and Chelsea. The teams, both backed by billionaire benefactors, occupy first and second place respectively with City five points ahead of third-placed United.
But Mangala believes Manchester United and Arsenal are capable of drawing themselves back into contention. The defender used Manchester City's chase on Chelsea as an example of how quickly things can change.
“I don't think it's just down to two teams,” the City defender told The Mirror. “I think a lot of teams can be involved.
“Just a few games ago, we were eight or nine points behind Chelsea and we have come right back to be on their heels.
“They are not making a huge amount of noise about it, but certainly United are there in terms of league position and points. They have been winning and are gradually coming back into things.
“And who is to say that Arsenal can't put a run together and get back in the race for the title as well?
“We have to focus on getting our own results, and performing well ourselves in order to put pressure on the other teams."
As we enter the Christmas period, games are set to come thick and fast. Arsenal play five games in 15 days but all the top teams having similar hectic schedules to navigate. As a result, Mangala is all too aware of how quickly fortunes can turn.
He continued: “As we come into the busy Christmas period of games on Boxing Day and all over the festive period, with lots of games one after another, things can turn around really quickly.
“It's all about concentrating on ourselves at the moment, as the season progresses, and winning our own games.”
While Arsenal have still got some way to go before they can consider themselves title contenders, Manchester United's winning streak of six games has rocketed them up the table. Without European football to contend with, Manchester United face significantly less games than their nearest rivals, giving some at Old Trafford hope that they can mount a superb charge.
Having finished seventh last season, winning the title the very next campaign would be an incredible feat. It would be made all the more spectacular after the Red Devils' dismal start which saw them win just one of their four league games.
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