Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is adamant his side can still catch Chelsea in the title race after Saturday’s 1-1 draw between the two sides.
Loic Remy put Chelsea ahead at Stamford Bridge but David Silva equalised just minutes later when he turned in Sergio Aguero’s shot from close range.
The result leaves City, the current title holders, five points adrift of Chelsea at the Premier League summit with 15 games remaining.
While Pellegrini was disappointed his side could not secure a win to move to within touching distance of Jose Mourinho’s outfit, having been the better team for most of the second half, the City boss believes their performance proves they are still in the title race.
“Of course it was important to try to close the gap,” he told reporters. “We tried but we couldn’t.
“We still have 45 points more to play for. I said before the game that this was a very important game but it is not a final.
“We have time to try to recover those five points and if we continue playing in the way we did it will be more easy.”
Next up for City is a home clash with Hull next Saturday, followed by a trip to Stoke City and Newcastle United’s visit to the Etihad.
City are 1.16 to beat the Tigers in their next outing, while a draw is 6.50 and a Hull win is 11.89.