Carlo Ancelotti has urged his Chelsea players to seize "the moment" by beating Manchester United next Sunday to stay on course for the greatest comeback in Barclays Premier League title history.
You would have been laughed out of town for suggesting it two months ago but victory at Old Trafford would send the champions back to the top of the table with just two games remaining of one of the most topsy-turvy top-flight seasons in living memory.
The Blues were in danger of failing to finish in the top four at the end of February and were 15 points behind and 1-0 down to United at Stamford Bridge on March 1. But their fightback to win that game sparked a run that has seen them take 25 of the last 27 points on offer, slowly reeling in Sir Alex Ferguson's men.
United nevertheless remained overwhelming favourites to depose Chelsea as champions until this weekend, when the most dramatic of matches for both sides blew the title race wide open. Asked what the key was to winning next Sunday, Ancelotti said: "The moment.
"You need to use character and personality to play this match. Both teams have that, but it is the momentum."