The midfielder scored to set Pep Guardiola’s side on their way to an emphatic 4-0 win over West Ham at the London Stadium on Wednesday night – but they are still 10 points adrift of Antonio Conte’s runaway leaders.
The gap even to second place is nine points – but that can disappear in the blink of an eye in the mad, mad world of Premier League football.
“Football can go a little crazy sometimes,” De Bruyne said. “Chelsea are far ahead but even if you lose three games and win three games you can be caught. So three games out of the 15 is nothing.
Kevin de Bruyne believes Chelsea can still be caught
Chelsea are 10 points clear of Manchester City
“We just have to do our thing and not look at what Chelsea and the others are doing. If we win our games we will have a good place and hopefully the best possible chance.
“I don’t know if we can catch them but we are going to try. In the Premier League you have to be there every week.
"All the injured players are coming back, which I am very happy about as we have a lot of games with the league and Champions League. And we will need everyone. It will be very important to have series of wins to put pressure on the rest.”
Manchester City beat West Ham 4-0 last night
That process continues on Sunday with the visit of Swansea, a very different prospect in 2017 than it would have been at the tail end of 2016.
“You can never be complacent in the league and sometimes you prefer to play the top teams as maybe it is easier to play against them,” De Bruyne added.
"“Swansea are fighting and doing really well at the moment. We need to be sharp and win and put pressure on the rest.”