Antonio Conte remains coy about Chelsea's title hopes, but there is one thing he's very open about: this campaign is being counted down one match at a time.
From the season's mid-point he switched his refusal to accept Chelsea as title contenders into a form of logical optimism, where he highlighted that each game won, as leaders, was a game less the chasing pack had in which to catch his side.
That chasing pack is now down to one. Only Tottenham, seven points behind, have any real chance of catching up.
So when can Chelsea hope to stretch that lead to the point where it is no longer surmountable?
Conte's men need only five wins from seven remaining games to be certain - and that assumes no slip-ups by Spurs.
This coming weekend, as with the one that has passed, Tottenham are in action first as they welcome Bournemouth to White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime. It's a game they would be expected to win.
The narrowing of the points gap to four caused a curious amount of consternation among some supporters ahead of Blues' trip to Dean Court on Saturday.
And the same will surely happen if this scenario plays out next weekend.
It will no doubt cause further unnecessary panic amid a significant minority should Chelsea drop points at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Those people could do with remembering that Chelsea can afford to drop points, and to do so in the most emotionally charged of the remaining fixtures would be no disaster.
That said, Conte is adamant Chelsea will play to beat Jose Mourinho's side, just as they already have done twice at Stamford Bridge this season.
That makes a five-point lead the likely worst case scenario going into the Chelsea-Tottenham FA Cup semi final on April 22.
The next round of fixtures is midweek, with Chelsea home to Southampton on April 25, and Spurs at Crystal Palace the following day.
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