Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti accepted that it will be ‘very difficult’ for his team to catch Manchester United in the title race, but thinks a win against Alex Fergusons team will improve his teams confidence.
Chelsea trail United by 15 points, with just 11 games to go, and still face a visit to Old Trafford later in the season.
Chelsea won 2-0 away in Copenhagen in the Champions League, but have struggled in the league of late, and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Everton last week.
“It’s a very important game for them, for us, a very important game for the future of Manchester United, for the future of Chelsea and we are excited to play this game,” said Ancelotti.
“‘I think we arrive to play this game in a very good moment. We have confidence to do our best, confidence to win.
“Obviously it will not be easy because Manchester United until now is the best team in the Premier League and we hope to play our game and to win.
“For us it is important to win not just for the result but to improve our confidence after the victory against Copenhagen where we played very well, so it will be a good step tomorrow.”
He added: “Manchester United can decide its destiny, and our aim is different in this moment. Our aim is to win against Man Utd.
“When the numbers don’t say that we are out, we have to believe, but obviously and objectively we have to be honest and now it’s very difficult for us to close the gap.
“There are other games in the Premier League and we want to arrive in the first four, this is our aim.
“They played with continuity, they lost just one game this season against Wolves in the Premier League and this means they play every time in focus, concentrated, and this is the reason they are top of the table.”