Fernando Torres believes Chelsea can still defend their Premier League title this season.
Chelsea take on Manchester City on Sunday, when Torres will also celebrate his 27th birthday, well aware that they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to claw back the gap to leaders Manchester United.
Carlo Ancelotti's side are currently fourth in the Premier League table, 12 points behind United with two games in hand and the Blues have yet to make the trip to Old Trafford.
Torres told the Sunday Mirror: "Yes, there are a lot of points between us and the top but we have a head-to-head with United still to come, which will be a pivotal game.
"The teams at the top of the table still have to come to our ground. So we have to play until the last game.
"United have a clear advantage and it's in their hands, but a month ago it looked like we couldn't fight for a position at the top of the table and in three matches things change.
"If we win we can take third place with a game in hand over them which would be a big boost for our confidence levels."
Torres has yet to find the back of the net since his British record £50 million move from Liverpool to Stamford Bridge, but he remains confident the drought will soon end.
"There is no pressure," he insisted. "People make me feel welcome here and as long as the team is winning things are going to be easier. The goals will arrive."