Chelsea have been given the smallest glimmer of hope in the Premier League title race this weekend as Manchester City lost to Tottenham on Saturday.
It means that the Blues moved to within 13 points of the league leaders as well as having one game in hand over the Citizens to be able to close the gap further.
The result proves that Pep Guardiola’s side aren’t infallible, though there is still a lot of ground to make up, not to mention the challenge of second-placed Liverpool.
The Reds themselves have a chance of pushing for the title, closing the gap to six points on City, with one game in hand and a match against the leaders still to come.
Before Chelsea’s game at the weekend, manager Thomas Tuchel had ruled out the chance of his side mounting a title challenge.
The German coach said: “Sixteen points sounds too much, is too much, compared to where we want to be and what we demand of ourselves. But it’s the reality.”
While it may seem unrealistic, there’s still the chance and in the meantime, all the Blues can do is keep on winning and hope those around them lose.
With that said, here’s a look at their next five fixtures compared to Liverpool and Manchester City.
Burnley (A) – March 5
Chelsea travel to Turf Moor up next and though Burnley may currently sit in 19th, their form has been improving in recent weeks.
Sean Dyche guided his side to a second win of the season on Saturday, having only lost once in their last five fixtures.
Chelsea’s draw with the Clarets back in November should serve as a reminder that it won’t be an easy game.
Newcastle (H) – March 12
Stamford Bridge hosts Premier League action for the first time since late January, when the Blues face a rejuvenated Newcastle side.
The Magpies are currently six unbeaten in the league, climbing out of the relegation zone thanks to Eddie Howe and his January reinforcements.
There may be no tougher time to face one of the in-form sides in the Premier League.
Norwich (A) – March 19
It’s a trip to Carrow Road shortly after, where Chelsea face a Norwich side they thrashed 7-0 earlier in the season.
Thomas Tuchel will certainly be hoping for something similar against the league’s bottom side, who have managed to pick up victories under new boss Dean Smith
Brentford (H) – April 2
It’s a battle of the London clubs as Brentford make the short trip to Stamford Bridge in the first match of April.
The Bees have been on a slide since their good first half to the season, risking the potential to be dragged into a relegation battle from a place of relative safety.
Thomas Frank men haven’t won in six matches now, putting them six points from the drop with teams below them all having games in hand.
Southampton (A) – April 9
The Saints have proven tricky customers for a number of teams this season and it will surely be no different when the Blues make the trip to the south coast.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has already faced Chelsea twice this season, with Tuchel winning the encounter in both the Premier League and the Carabao Cup.
Manchester City’s next five fixtures
February 26 – Everton (A)
March 6 – Man Utd (H)
March 14 – Crystal Palace (A)
March 19 – Brighton and Hove Albion (H)
April 2 – Burnley (A)
Liverpool’s next five fixtures
February 23 – Leeds United (H)
March 5 – West Ham (H)
March 12 – Brighton and Hove Albion (A)
March 16 – Arsenal (A)
March 20 – Manchester United (H)