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Are Chelsea The Main Threat Now?

Before the start of the season, it has been predicted that Chelsea would be the main threat to our league crown, with new signings and a fresh hunger in the squad.

They started indifferently and after the sacking of Jose Mourinho back in September they proceeded to lose at Old Trafford and were written off under Avram Grant.

The unexpectedly great form of Arsenal also contributed to Chelsea being forgotten as serious contenders. Avram Grant did not draw attention onto himself and his team the way Mourinho always did so it was difficult not to forget about them, especially given the Israeli's rather dour manners.

A dismal loss at the Emirates had everyone crowing about Grant's managerial abilities (the lack of them, to be precise) but they haven't lost a league game ever since and in terms of points lost they are now level with Arsenal and only three points behind the Champions.

They have a better, deeper squad than Arsenal so in normal circumstances it could be expected that they would last the pace better than Wenger's lads. So can we confirm that now they are our greatest threat?

Well, not yet. Their game in hand is a tad more difficult than ours: Tottenham at White Hart Lane compared to Bolton at Old Trafford. With Arsenal going to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, it will be a huge week for Grant who, finally, has to prove he has what it takes.

Because that's the most frequent criticism aimed at him: he bottles it when the stakes are the highest. They were terrible in the League Cup final against Spurs, a baffling team selection combined with a reluctance to make substitutions that their display was screaming for ended in a shambolic defeat for Chelsea.

They could have made amends at Barnsley in the FA Cup, with the knowledge that they should have the trophy in the bag if they knock out the Championship side as United were out of the Cup. They managed to lose and with a very mediocre performance. So another chance of a trophy lost for Chelsea. And not to mention that on the day of our Manchester City defeat they could have closed the gap but were outplayed at home by Liverpool and could count themselves fortunate to escape with a draw.

In short: whenever there was a great opportunity for Chelsea to take a big step forward in the season, Grant bottled it. You could say that Chelsea have a great squad and a so far seemingly mediocre manager, Arsenal have a thin squad and a great manager while United have a fantastic squad and a great manager. It's only us who have the whole package - we should not bottle it now. And it doesn't really matter whom we consider to be the main threat.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 17 2008

Time: 12:41PM

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"Chelsea have a great squad and a so far seemingly mediocre manager, Arsenal have a thin squad and a great manager while United have a fantastic squad and a great manager" - love it!
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17/03/2008 15:35:00

but serisouly i am more worried now about chelsea than arsenal - plus i think theyr game on wednesday is not as hard as ours....we play a team desperate for points to surveive whilst they play a team who ended their season last thursday.
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17/03/2008 15:36:00

We sorely need those next three wins and to look at the table then, too early for big confidence yet I fear...
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17/03/2008 15:43:00

chelsea are clearly the threat. im actually starting to fear liverpool more then arsenal.
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17/03/2008 20:47:00

looneyisgod, it would be great to see you swallow humble pie at the end of the season. but yu shud worry about the mickey mousers at the moment cuz torres might just tear yu apart this sunday..
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18/03/2008 17:15:00

wel said rooney thee arsewipes need to shut it.....its down to chelsea and man utd
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18/03/2008 19:19:00

well torres couldnt do nothing to vidic and ferdinand at anfield so im preety confident. i think you should start worrying where your next 3 points are coming from though.
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18/03/2008 21:21:00

torres, gerrard and liverpool weren't in the same form when yu played them in december as they are now, so yu may end up looking really stupid come sunday evening. and where our next three points are gonna come? yu'll get that answer on sunday..
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19/03/2008 10:50:00

its on come super sunday. can see liverpool taking points off utd and then arsenal beating chelsea. can also see utd dropping points during their 3 game run of chelsea away, bburn away and arsenal. a lot more twists and turns to come.
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19/03/2008 18:17:00

Are you confident rooney? Rio is out. If you jinx United....I will condem you to the depths of hell.
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19/03/2008 23:03:00


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