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SportAlonso: Too early to rule Chelsea out of title race

18:15  06 december  2018
18:15  06 december  2018 Source:   goal.com

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"It's too early to talk about us being out of the title race . We all know the Premier League and it can change really fast. We are only in October and so I'd Good mentality from the Chelsea goalkeeper, whose desire to win and play for the shirt has been questioned at times. If Chelsea can iron out the

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Alonso: Too early to rule Chelsea out of title race © Provided by Goal Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso

Marcos Alonso is refusing to rule Chelsea out of the Premier League title race despite Manchester City's already healthy advantage over Maurizio Sarri's side.

The defending champions' 2-1 victory at Watford on Tuesday combined with the Blues' shock reverse by the same scoreline at Wolves 24 hours later means City head to Stamford Bridge this weekend with a 10-point cushion over their opponents.

Sarri has repeatedly insisted he is not considering his team as genuine challengers to City's crown, but left-back Alonso believes it is too soon to write off their chances.

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"It's too early to talk about it, obviously. If we lose [on Saturday] we are going to be 13 points from the top and that's a lot of points but we have to think, prepare for the game well, and not pay attention to the table at the moment," he said.

"It is the perfect opportunity to come back. It will be a great game for sure, everyone will be very motivated to play.

"We are very disappointed after the defeat but it is back to work and we will work harder and start playing better as a team."

Chelsea have won only one of their previous four league outings and Alonso says it is time to rediscover the philosophy that saw them go 12 unbeaten at the start of Sarri's reign.

He added: "We have to play more as a team. It's something we have to analyse, we will try our best to improve as soon as possible.

"We're not doing very well at the moment. More individually [than] as a team, we have to get better as a collective.

"We had the chances to win, we were controlling the game and started the second half having a couple of chances.

"The last few games we were not loyal to our style of play and, even if we did not deserve it, we lose.

"We are going through a hard moment and you have to work very hard, stay together and get back to winning as soon as possible."

Dortmund rule out January exit for Pulisic.
Borussia Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc has ruled out the possibility of Christian Pulisic leaving the club in January. Amid increasing links to Chelsea, Zorc has been discussing the winger’s future, as reported by Calciomercato. “I can say that in February you will see him again with the shirt of Borussia Dortmund. We will not leave any player considered important or essential to achieve our objectives.” Chelsea have been linked with a move to sign Pulisic as a direct replacement for Eden Hazard, with the Belgian expected to depart from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. Hazard has been more than willing to discuss a future move to Real Madrid with his Chelsea contract up at the end of next season. It has been suggested that the Blues would try and land Pulisic in the new year, but are expected to struggle in their attempts with the German side fighting for their first title since the 2011/12 season. Reports have claimed Chelsea could agree a deal with Dortmund in January that would see the winger arrive in the summer and finish the campaign with the Bundesliga leaders.

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