Club Focus – Chelsea – Why the Blues still have a chance at winning the league

If last night’s result was not enough proof that the Blues are back to their best form, consider the unconvincing victories of their rivals on Saturday and it would seem like Chelsea were the best team over the weekend. The Blues proved their quality when they overcame a resilient Manchester City who at times had eight of their players behind the ball in a bid to keep a clean sheet. Both Manchester United and Arsenal were subject to a torrid time with the latter not being able to pick up the vital three points. United would be extremely happy to have picked up a win, while Arsene Wenger’s side passed up yet another chance to draw level with the league leaders.

Chelsea on the other hand have now registered three consecutive victories in the league, and with the options now available to Carlo Ancelotti (having a team with no injuries) it seems like the champions can only improve. The Italian has started rotating his players to keep them fresh for every game and though many experts believe this is not good for team chemistry (as the players do not get enough time to play together on the pitch) there is no denying the fact that it has produced results.

The Blues are now nine points behind United with a game in hand (and a trip to Old Trafford) and seem likely to give Sir Alex Ferguson’s men a run for their money. With the Blues being drawn against United in Europe, one thing for certain is that Ferguson will not be taking his attention off Chelsea. One aspect that will have Carlo Ancelotti smiling is that all his players are now back from injury, including the long term casualties of Alex and Yossi Benayoun. Ferguson is not as fortunate, with some of his best players still sidelined through injury and suspension. To make matters worse the Scottish manager is also serving a touchline ban – a detail which may have had an impact on the performance of the team on Saturday, as United barely came away with the win at home against Bolton.

In a season that has been anything but predictable it would take a brave man to say that the league is a two horse race. If we are to judge outcomes based on current performances then we can rest assure this season is not yet near its end. With that being said, Chelsea fans may take pride in knowing they might be about to witness one of the biggest comebacks in Premier League history.

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