With Chelsea and Manchester City both winning their most recent midweek fixtures and keeping up the pace at the top of the English Premier League, it’s the Royal Blues Chelsea rather than the Sky Blues Manchester City who currently lead the way at the top of the charts, currently by seven points. Whilst Chelsea’s overall performance in their 1-0 victory over Everton was less than pleasing for the fans of the West London club, the result and more importantly, the three points maintained Chelsea’s seven point advantage ahead of reigning champions Manchester City who remain in second place.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho still insists that Chelsea have a long way to go to winning the Premier League and with 39 points still up for grabs, it would be unfair to count Manchester City as alread down and out. But with each passing fixture, Chelsea look more and more likely to beat last seasons Champions to the coveted league title as their imperious and consistent form shows no side of faltering.
Jose Mourinho’s side have had the benefit of having enough quality both physically on the pitch and psychologically away from Stamford Bridge, to rely on consistently good performances. Although in my opinion, Stamford Bridge may not be one of the most electrifying environment in England, or even in London in terms of atmosphere, of Chelsea’s six remaining away games they seem somewhat fortunate to be facing four teams fighting to avoid the dreaded drop into the Championship, the strongest of which is a less than stellar 15th placed West Bromwich Albion, whose form on a whole, despite Tony Pulis’ arrival and consequent improved performances, have seen the Midlands outfits win a less than impressive three games at The Hawthorns.
On the other hand, Manchester City face tricky ties away at Liverpool, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspurs before the thirty eight game season comes to an end. If Manchester City do however manage to close in on Mourinho’s side and reduce the gulf in points ahead between themselves and Chelsea ahead of the final few Premier League matches, Chelsea end the season facing the likes of West Brom and against several other sides currently sitting in bottom half of the table such as Sunderland. In comparison, Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City face the likes of Swansea City and the impressive Southampton, which on paper look the trickier of the two sets of fixtures.
European fixtures also don’t seem to be doing the Citizens any favors either as Manchester City are to be pitted against the notoriously talented FC Barcelona who I believe possess the best attacking trio in the world. Chelsea meanwhile go head to head with former center back David Luiz and his talented but under performing Paris Saint Germain. For me, Manchester City will struggle to stop the quick tiki-taka nature of Barcelona’s ridiculously talented midfielders and dangerous forwards, whilst Chelsea on the other hand should take care of an out of sorts Paris Saint Germain as they look to continue their good form domestically in Europe too, against an aging PSG.
However all things considered, one cannot simply deny that the English Premier League is still entirely up for grabs. At present, mathematically the only team unable to win the title this year is last place Leicester City. Liverpool’s slip last year enabled Manchester City last year to walk away with the prestigious trophy and proves to be clear enough evidence that even the most secure of leads can well and truly be overcome. But with Jose Mourinho at the helm, alongside the abundance of quality he has at his disposal with the likes of Oscar, Branislav Ivanovic and Eden Hazard all coming into form at the right time, Chelsea should have the necessary points to keep Manchester City at an arms length from now until the end of the season.
Chelsea’s next EPL fixture: Saturday 21st February – Burnley (H)
Manchester City’s next EPL fixture: Saturday 21st February – Newcastle United (H)
Let the race between the Sky Blues & Royal Blues commence – again!
Article written by: @BradleyDE14