Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has admitted that it will be difficult for his side to keep up with Premier League leaders Chelsea in the title race.
City moved second in the table with a 3-0 victory at Hull on Boxing Day, but they are seven points behind the leaders.
Chelsea had earlier defeated visiting Bournemouth 3-0 to set a club record 12th straight victory.
Guardiola pointed out that City’s involvement in the Champions League, and Chelsea’s lack of European football could ultimately prove decisive in the race.
“We have played seven more than [Chelsea], which is why it will be tough,” said Guardiola.
“Liverpool went so close [to the title] one year because they had one game a week and last year, for Leicester, it happened the same.
“This time Chelsea and Liverpool are the ones.”
Manchester City face Monaco in the last 16 of this year’s Champions League, with the first leg on 21 February.
Guardiola however vowed to keep fighting until it becomes mathematically impossible for his side to win the title.
“Football is unpredictable. We have to do absolutely everything to be there. Sometimes when you believe something is done it isn’t.
“What we have to do is win every game and analyse and see if that is enough.”