However leaders Manchester City are 21 points ahead having played a game more and in the three completed seasons since we were last crowned champions, we have finished 26 points or more behind the title winners.
Thomas Tuchel, whose challenge it is to overcome that deficit, has been talking about the prospects for doing so quickly.
‘The amount of points shows how big the gap was and still is,’ he begins, ‘and maybe sometimes it is good to look at the reality and speak it out loud, and still it has to be the ambition to close it as fast as possible.
‘We should at least try, and not prepare for excuses. It is not my nature and you can only push yourself to the limit if you don’t accept it from the beginning.