Is it really safe to rule Chelsea out of the title race?

by admin

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

The Premier League took another exciting twist this weekend with Chelsea disposing of their nouveaux-riche opponents Manchester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal dropping points on their travels away at West Brom.

Titles as we all know are decided on such fine margins, and while as the old adage goes, the league table never lies, Chelsea seem intent on defying this age-old concept.

Their victory on Sunday was as comfortable as a win as you will see from the Blues all this season, but have they really put themselves back in the picture with regards to their title defence?

It was a difficult test that they passed with flying colours, seeing as they were facing a side they had not beaten since March 2009.

And their embattled manager Carlo Ancelotti has experienced more lows than highs this season in what has been thus far an underwhelming season as far as they are concerned.

Sport entrances us and compels us to believe in it because of the drama, sub-plots, the fluctuating fortunes of teams, and its very unpredictable nature.

Although there is a case to be made, that there has been a decline in terms of the ruthlessness shown by the teams at the summit of the Premier League this campaign, other teams have raised their games and played without fear which is risky but admirable.

Chelsea of course seem to have near insurmountable task of trying to overhaul Manchester United in order to regain the title, as they are nine points behind albeit with a game in hand.

The goals against City came from two very unlikely sources; David Luiz and Ramires. Luiz is justifying his £21m price tag and displayed his prowess in the air at the other end by scoring the first goal.

However, the worry surrounding Torres will not dissipate until he breaks his duck. He showed glimpses of getting back to his best but is a pale shadow of his former self- he had the opportunity to make an opening for himself in the first-half but was denied by a last-ditch tackle by Nigel de Jong.

Bar Tottenham and United, who they face on 7 May, their run-in does not appear to present too many obstacles.

It would therefore seem unwise even at this stage of the season to completely write off Chelsea’s title chances just yet.


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  • Ben McAleer

    I agree. My piece on ‘A title race too close to call’ identified why it is foolhardy to rule Chelsea out of this seasons one. As you mentioned, they still have United to play and have a game in hand over them and can potentially cut their lead at the top to 3.

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