SHATTERED Marcos Alonso says Chelsea can’t even think about handing Manchester City a 13-point title lead.
Chelsea’s shock defeat at Wolves means Saturday’s home clash with the leaders is now crunch time.
Two defeats in their last three games leaves Maurizio Sarri’s side trailing City by 10 points.
A Stamford Bridge surrender would surely spell the end of any chances of overhauling Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten side.
Spanish star Alonso admits Chelsea aren’t in a good place right now and have little wriggle room.
Chelsea, still stinging from the 3-1 defeat to London rivals Tottenham, chucked away a lead when Wolves blasted them away with two goals in four minutes.
Now Alonso says it’s time to concentrate on nothing other than doing a job on City.
Alonso said: “If we lose we are going to be 13 points from the top and that’s a lot, but we have to think, prepare for the game well and not pay attention to the table at the moment.
“It’s the perfect opportunity to come back. It will be a great game for sure, and everyone will be very motivated to play in it.
“We are very disappointed after the defeat to Wolves but it’s back to work straight away and we will work harder to start playing better as a team.”
He added: “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, maybe (even) if we didn’t 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.”
Alonso said he can’t pinpoint exactly what’s happened, adding: “Not really. We have to play more as a team. It’s something we have to analyse and we will try our best to improve as soon as possible.”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek made his first league start in a Chelsea shirt for 33 months as one of five changes made by Sarri.
He says Chelsea paid the price for being sloppy, but there just isn’t the time to let heads drop.
Loftus-Cheek said: “The dressing room is very disappointed. This is a period with a lot of games and points at stake, and these are the games we want to take points from. It wasn’t to be but we pick our heads up and go again.
“They came out fast second half and to be fair we were sloppy as a team, and in the Premier League if you’re sloppy, you pay for it. That’s what happened.”