CHELSEA need to make a significant improvement to their form if they are to trouble champions Manchester City on Sunday, says John Terry.
The Blues travel to Eastlands for a lunchtime kick-off, and will find Roberto Mancini's side without a win in three Premier League outings.
Chelsea are looking to not only solidify their credentials for a top-four place, but also challenge City for second, with the gap between the two sides just four points.
But Terry says what people have seen from Chelsea in recent weeks will not be good enough on the day, and that improvement is needed.
He said: “Everyone is beating each other this year. It’s a strange one.
“Manchester United always plug out results. It’s credit to them to do it season after season with the squad they’ve got as well. That’s the level we all want to be at.
“We’ve not had the best of seasons but we’re still in the mix. If we can improve our form 15-20 per cent, we’ll certainly can give Manchester City a run for sure.”
Blues, themselves on a run of only one win in three in the league, have the additional headache of recuperation from last night's Europa League clash with Sparta Prague, while City had no midweek fixture.
Despite these challenges, and a fixture pile-up that includes an FA Cup trip on Wednesday night to face Middlesbrough at The Riverside, Terry sees in Chelsea a side that is still on the ascent and can yet retrieve a season written off by many.
“Some say we've had a bad season, but we can still easily get second,” he said.
“We've got a tough game away to Man City. If we can go on a run that we're more than capable of - we've go the two boys (Victor Moses and John Mikel Obi) back from the African Nations now, we've got everybody fit again which is great, everyone fighting for places – we've got a real good chance.”