Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has confirmed that the challenge of Chelsea only inspires the club to overcome their title rivals.
Sterling has been in sensational form all season is finally beginning to show his potential and remains the best attacking option City currently posses from the wide areas.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the visit of Chelsea, Sterling confirms that City are indeed up for a fight and want to win the Premier League title.
Sterling said: “Most of the teams that cause problems by playing more direct with long balls, etc. probably think we don’t fancy it, but we want to win the league so we’re up for a fight.
“We’re together as a whole, and we know we can grind out a result. That’s the most important thing.”
“You’re not going to win every game 4-0, 5-0. There are going to be games when you only win 1-0, 2-0 and games when you have to fight to get a goal in the last few minutes.
“So it’s a credit to the team that we stuck in there to get the win at Burnley and put us in a position where when we play Chelsea we could go above them.”
City host league-leaders Chelsea and a point will see the Blues overcome their London rivals. As it stands, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea currently sit one point clear at the top of the table following an impressive run of seven straight victories.
Last season, City won both fixtures 3-0 with Sergio Aguero scoring four of the six goals against Chelsea. The importance of Sterling, De Bruyne, and Aguero cannot be understated as City to overtake their London rivals in the table.