Frank Lampard says Manchester City should not give up on trying to catch Chelsea despite falling seven points behind them last weekend.
The Citizens were held to a rather humbling draw at home to Hull City on Saturday while Chelsea sealed a 2-1 win away to Aston Villa. Saturday's result against the Tigers was just the latest in a run of bad performances.
Manchester City have managed just one win in their last six Premier League games and currently sit behind the likes of Crystal Palace and Stoke City in the form table. Meanwhile Chelsea have managed to steady a rocking ship, winning three of their last four.
Now Jose Mourinho's men a odds-on favourite to win their fourth Premier League title, but their former hero, Lampard, believes his new team should not be ruled out of the race just yet.
"If you look at the points, the form of Chelsea and the teams behind us, we are going to have to keep winning regularly," he told the Manchester Evening News. "It's common sense that we need to go on a real strong run now.
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"It's not beyond the realms that we can go and get a lot of wins -- and things can change"
"It's been a frustrating month. We were on a really good run through December, playing every three or four days. January seems to have broken our rhythm.
"We've had less games, results have turned. If you don't perform and you don't win, the points change. There's no point crying about it -- all we can do is react and start winning games.
"All teams have patches, and we'll be judged at the end of the season. There's 42 points to go and, with the quality we have here, it's not beyond the realms that we can go and get a lot of wins -- and things can change."
For Manchester City to catch Chelsea they will not just need to turn their bad form around but the Blues would have to do something close to capitulating to throw away such a huge advantage.
The run in
Unless Manuel Pellegrini can inspire his players to take 42 out of 42 points, it is likely that Chelsea will remain in place at the top of the table until May. Even the remaining fixtures don't sit well for Manchester City. Chelsea's appears a lot more favourable.
The Blues will face a stern test when Manchester United visit Stamford Bridge in April, which is then swiftly followed by a visit to Arsenal in April, but that's about it. In comparison, Manchester City still have to travel to Anfield, Old Trafford and White Hart Lane before the season ends.
Basically, it's not going to happen. Sorry Frank.