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Chelsea’s next six fixtures compared to Man City and Liverpool amid Pep Guardiola’s honest claim



The Blues return from the Club World Cup looking to challenge in the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, and to re-establish themselves in the chase for the Premier League

Chelsea return from the Club World Cup in a healthier position than they might have anticipated.

In the seven days the Blues were in Abu Dhabi, the chasing pack behind them failed to take advantage or leave Thomas Tuchel and co sweating in the race for the top four.

Chelsea remain in third and will feel pretty secure for now.

Tottenham lost to both Southampton and Wolves, West Ham beat Watford but could only draw against Leicester while Manchester United drew with Burnley and Southampton.

Arsenal could still close the gap to just two points if they win their two games in hand of the Blues, but the Gunners also have a game against Tuchel’s side to catch up on.

Perhaps most unsurprisingly was that Liverpool and Manchester City were able to win both of their matches in the Premier League, with the Citizens clearly holding the advantage in the race for the title.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of City’s clash with Norwich City, Pep Guardiola said: “We want to fight to win the Premier League.

“We will have to win an incredible amount of points. The margin against Liverpool is nothing, it’s nothing.

“We have to win a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot of games. A lot. Many, many points more than 90.

“Arrive 90, 90, 90, 95, 96 and to be champions. I’m pretty sure of that right now, for sure, definitely.”

The Blues currently sit on 47 points with 14 matches remaining, meaning they can only amass 89 points in their challenge.

As things stands Chelsea are 16 points behind league leaders Man City, who have played a game more, and seven behind Liverpool. The title is a long way off but the race for second is still on and a lot can change in six matches.

Chelsea’s next six Premier League matches

Crystal Palace (A) – February 19

The Blues make the trip to Selhurst Park looking to earn their second win of the season over the Eagles, who will of course be without Conor Gallagher.

Patrick Vieira’s side have not won in the league since December.

Burnley (A) – March 5

The Premier League’s bottom side managed to pick up a point against Manchester United and were unfortunate to not do the same against Liverpool as the Reds picked up a narrow 1-0 win at the weekend.

The Blues will hope to better the draw they earned at Stamford Bridge.

Newcastle (H) – March 13

Chelsea comfortably dispatched Newcastle in October thanks to two strikes from Reece James and a Jorginho penalty. Perhaps James will make his return in time to torment the Geordies once again, though Eddie Howe’s side have improved since the transfer window.

Norwich (A) – March 19

A team Chelsea truly dominated in the last match the teams competed. The Canaries will be without Billy Gilmour but they are probably more in a battle for survival than many expected before Dean Smith’s arrival.

Brentford (H) – April 2

Brentford have failed to win since their first match of the year against Aston Villa but will have the opportunity to build momentum against the likes of Newcastle, Norwich and Burnley in the build up to their clash with the Blues.

Southampton (A) – April 9

Saints have managed to draw with Man City twice this season and beat Manchester United, as well as push Chelsea close at Stamford Bridge this season. They cannot be underestimated but if Armando Broja continues his impressive form, he will be a big loss for the South Coast side.

Manchester City’s next six Premier League matches

Tottenham Hotspur (A) – February 19

Everton (A) – February 26

Manchester United (H) – March 6

Crystal Palace (A) – March 14

Brighton (H) – March 19

Burnley (A) – April 2

Liverpool’s next six Premier League matches

Norwich City (H) – February 19

Leeds United (H) – February 23

West Ham (H) – March 5

Brighton (A) – March 12

Manchester United (H) – March 20

Watford (H) – April 2

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