Football - Chelsea can finish above City - Cahill

Gary Cahill believes Chelsea have a realistic chance of overtaking Manchester City and finishing second.

PA Sport

The Blues face Sparta Prague on Thursday night as they look to progress to the Europa League last 16, before attentions quickly turn to Sunday's potentially decisive Premier League trip to the Etihad Stadium.

Just four points separate the reigning European champions in third and the hosts, whose manager Roberto Mancini recently downplayed talk of being beaten to second place.

"I think we've obviously got a huge game Thursday, and then a massive game on Sunday," Cahill said.

"If we get a positive result on Sunday then that opens it right back up.

"We're taking it one game at a time but we'll be looking to do that on Sunday.

"It'll be tough game away from home, but if we do get a positive result then obviously second place is within touching distance."

The centre-back was keen to steer talk away from the City game, preferring instead to focus on the second leg against Sparta Prague.

Oscar's goal in the Czech Republic last week puts Chelsea in the driving seat for the home leg, but Cahill insists there will not be any complacency at Stamford Bridge.

"You've always got to take teams seriously," he said. "They're a quality outfit, and made it tough for us away from home.

"But we got a positive result, the away goal, but we still won't take it lightly. They've got some great players.

"Our home form in Europe is nine unbeaten, so hopefully that can continue."

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