Chelsea’s title to lose
Written by @Challies11
Chelsea are currently locked horns with Arsenal and Manchester City in the battle for the Premier League clown but it’s ultimately a fight that they should win, anything less than finishing as champions is a failure.
I’ve tipped Chelsea to lift the trophy come May since before the ball was kicked and I’ve seen nothing to change my mind since, despite early slip-ups, the reconnaissance of Arsenal and the might of Manchester City. Chelsea have too much in their favour.
The biggest asset to Chelsea’s title hopes is Jose Mourinho. Although the Portuguese manager isn’t everyones cup of tea you can’t deny his talent. He has experience with title winning sides throughout Europe, including during his last spell at Stamford Bridge. Though he has critics due to the style of play he adopts at times, it works.
Another huge bonus to Chelsea is that they have players in their squad with experience of emerging victorious in the Premier League- like John Terry and Frank Lampard. these players have worked with Mourinho before so they have an advantage under their ‘new’ manager and it’s these little details that will provide the difference in the end.
By far the most important factor in Chelsea’s advantage over their title rivals is their fixture schedule. The points of concern are Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool but just one of those games is away from home. In the last six games, they play four teams that are currently battling to avoid relegation and in March they can pick up maximum points.
Manchester City have been the most impressive side in the division but they are far from a finished product and they have many things to improve on, as do Arsenal- who I’ve always said won’t win the league until they end their trophy drought in another competition first.
Winning despite not being at their best
Chelsea themselves are not a finished product yet but they are the closest to it, which is all that needs to happen in the end. They can grind out results, take points off their title rivals and win games when they aren’t at their best, which Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United sides over the years demonstrated is key.
Whether I am correct in my predictions remains to be seen. As an Arsenal fan, i hope I’m wrong but I see no reason why I will be. It’s Chelsea’s title to lose.
They currently hold a slender advantage over second placed Arsenal but you’d have to expect them to extend that next month. The only downside for Chelsea may be if they focus too much on the Champions League, as Manchester City’s and Arsenal’s European adventure looks to be over this season.