Whilst talks of an invincible season were going around prior to the game, all the discussions now are focused on whether the Blues will be able to keep their distance on City, as the current Premier League holders look to finally have found form.
Three points clear at the top of the table, with fixtures against City and Manchester United already played away from home, the West London club have arguably the easiest second half of the season when compared with all of their rivals, and although the football has not been as free-flowing in recent weeks, there is no better side in the top flight at grinding out results that Jose Mourinho’s men.
They are all-but favourites for the title still, and Didier Drogba has admitted that losing games doesn’t matter as long as the side have the trophy in their grasp come next May.
Speaking to the Standard, the 36-year-old forward said: “We just want to be top of the League, to win the League. Even if we lose five or 10 games and win the League, for me it's a very good season.”
The pressure will on the Blues even more on Monday night, when the club face Stoke, with City expected to draw level at the top of the league when they play Crystal Palace tomorrow. Despite the Chelsea squad consisting of a number of younger and inexperienced stars, Drogba has no doubts over their desire to win the trophy and deal with the pressure associated with a title run-in.
"There are new players,” he continued. “A different approach to football [from other Chelsea squads], but they have the same desire to win trophies, to win games and to play football.”