Andre Villas-Boas yesterday told his Chelsea players it was time to stop talking about catching Manchester City and start actually doing it.

City have lost three of their last four games to offer Manchester United and Tottenham real hope of beating them to the title. Fourth-placed Chelsea will need City's 2012 slump to continue to close the 11-point gap.

Villas-Boas said: "The problem is you have to show it on the pitch. At the moment, we have exhausted ourselves in words. It's time for us to get a practical