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Can Chelsea Be Written Off Now?

The situation is eerily similar to last season's. The early season's surprise package is starting to feel the heat, dropping points here and there with frustrating little 1-1 draws. Meanwhile, the real powerhouses Chelsea are unimpressive, lurking in the shadows (and just like this season they were unable to win any big game) - therefore the generel consensus is that United are the overwhelming favourites.

And of course last season Chelsea took it down to the wire, proving it was a mistake to write them off so quickly. Can the same happen this season? I'd say it could - but it's not likely.

Because, despite all the similarities, the situation is rather different. When Arsenal started to fall apart Chelsea were still due to play both their title rivals at home. They won both game 2-1, proving that Uncle Avram could master the art of winning the biggest clashes and those two wins were the bedrock of their surge.

This time they are five points off the pace having played a game more - and they've already lost twice to Liverpool and picked up one measly, barely deserved point against United before getting resoundingly thrashed at Old Trafford. So they have to rely on United dropping an awful lot of points while they collect almost maximum.

It is still possible with Essien due to return soon and I would have been very displeased had Chelsea won the game yesterday because in that case they could have posed a very real threat. But they produced damning evidence of themselves: they simply fell apart, offering nothing at all - indeed, only Alex and Terry looked bothered to fight for the cause. Which does not bode well for the lesser games...

A Chelsea title challenge is still a possibility - but a dramatic turnaround is required. I regarded them as the main threat to our Premiership crown but for the first time this season I'm not sure that this assessment was correct.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 2 2009

Time: 10:58AM

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Congratulations from a Chelsea fan for being the third time being Champion for the third time.If you don't score plenty goals still you nick it by penalties or free kicks (Whether they are right or wrong!) Riley did the Decent Thing! Giving a red card to Lampard killing us & make sure they help you every possible way.And no matter even after this win Liverpool will nver going to challenge you.Its has to be us.Now we will fight for the third spot.Congratulations once again because no matter what FA does its still nedd quality to win titles and you have that for the moment.I will repeat it again
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02/02/2009 11:52:00

This season's Chelsea is no match for last season's, the much derided Grant was streets ahead of the buffoon we have as 'manager' now, I just hope MU go on and win it as I would hate to see the Bindippers get anything at all.
Ranners
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02/02/2009 13:02:00

I don't see how Chelsea can be written off?? There are a lot of points to be won and lost. There's still a lot of games left.
ForeverUnited
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04/02/2009 02:30:00

You and Liverpool Should give Mike Riley his own Jersey, I wonder what his number would be...hmmm..69 so he can go f u c k him self! Congrats on your 3peat...
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04/02/2009 23:09:00

 

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