Date:Saturday April 17 2010
OK, here's a confession. I still can't see Chelsea losing this. I know, it's 'only' one point. But United have to win all their remaining games - a very, very tall order - while Chelsea have to drop points at least once - which is very, very unlikely.
United have yet to play Spurs, Sunderland and Stoke, Chelsea host Stoke, visit Liverpool and host Wigan. Yes, the 'elephant in the room' is the game at Anfield which, in theory, could be Chelsea's banana skin.
However, we must not forget that Chelsea's defeat today has probably been born out of overconfidence. They were four points clear and they were a bit too comfortable. Spurs' aggressivity and pace surprised them a little and they found it hard to get out of their shell. So they lost.
But consider this: they won't face another opponent as good and as motivated as Spurs. Stoke home? A mid-table team with nothing to play for. Wigan home? Please. Liverpool away. Well, this should be tricky. But Liverpool have next to no chance of snatching that fourth place (they are eight points behind Tottenham at the moment) and they will go into that game on the back of a Europa League semi-final.
Besides, we saw how focused, motivated and disciplined Chelsea were when the stakes were the highest; namely, when they visited Old Trafford. I expect a performance of similar quality from them at Anfield and a comfortable victory - 2-0 or 3-1. Our games against Spurs and Sunderland will be more unpredictable and tricky then Chelsea's visit to Anfield.
So, in my opinion, mathematically there is a title race but realistically Chelsea cannot lose it.
Date:Saturday April 17 2010
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