Diego Costa believes the match against Manchester City is a six-point affair and a win for Chelsea will rule City out of the title race.
The Blues suffered a shock defeat on Saturday, as Crystal Palace emerged 2-1 winners at the Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s lead at the top has reduced to seven points, with Tottenham hot on Chelsea’s heels and a Wednesday game against City could do more damage or increase the advantage of the blues.
“After a loss at home and with a rival closing the gap the importance of the game only grows,” Costa is quoted as saying by ESPN Brasil.
“We know this game against Manchester City will be a six-point affair since if we win the game they will [practically] be out of the title race while we keep the advantage.
“It also depends on the match between Tottenham and Swansea. In any case, we will do our best.
“We hope that the next game the ball will go in, and that we do a better job at handling these counter-attacking plays so we do not suffer from early goals again, and thus avoid what happened [against Palace].”