Kevin De Bruyne is refusing to give up on Manchester City’s Premier League title bid as “football can go a little crazy”.
Pep Guardiola’s debut campaign in English football has not gone entirely to plan, but there is still time for a mid-season wobble to make way for a fabulous finish.
City have slipped to fifth in the top-flight standings, 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
They are, however, just one behind second-placed Tottenham and still very much in the hunt for a lofty finish.
If they can get on a roll – having already seen Chelsea win 13 successive games this season – then De Bruyne believes anything is possible.
“Football can go a little crazy sometimes," he told reporters after seeing City ease their way to a 4-0 victory over West Ham on Wednesday.
"They are far ahead but even if you lose three games and win three games you are there. So three games out of the 17 is nothing.
“So we just have to do our thing and not look at what Chelsea and the others are doing.
"If we win our games we will have a good place and hopefully the best possible.
“We are going to try. In the Premier League you have to be there every week.
"All the injured players are coming bad which I am very happy about as we have a lot of games with the league and Champions League.
“And we will need everyone. It will be very important to have series of wins to put pressure on the rest.”
City have some winnable games coming up on their Premier League fixture list, with FA Cup and Champions League games thrown in for good measure.
It could be that a four-game run from mid-March to early-April ultimately shapes their season, with the second leg of a last-16 showdown with Monaco in Europe followed by domestic outings against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.