Chelsea till date are the most in-form team of the season, and to think that the Blues have only lost one league match since the 3-0 loss to Arsenal makes it even more interesting.
For Blues legend Pat Nevin, it’ll be almost impossible for Chelsea to lose the title with just ten games left to go this season, and ten points separating Chelsea and Tottenham in second place.
He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “There are a lot of clichés going around football at the moment, but then that always tends to be the case in sport. Apparently Chelsea can only ‘throw it away’ if they do not win the league from here.
“Personally, I do not see it that way and for good reason. Antonio has suggested a haul of 21 points is needed, that is the number because as we have all figured out already, it is arithmetically how many we need at the moment. So what if Chelsea won six, had two draws and lost a couple from here on in, that would be not bad form? If in the mean time Spurs won all 10 of their matches to clinch it, would that be throwing the title away or fine form from Spurs?
“Granted that all looks pretty unlikely, particularly as Spurs have some pretty tough fixtures coming up and six of those are away from home. Spurs have won four league games away from White Hart Lane this season, so I am willing to accept it is a rather tall order for them.
“One of the other clichés that has grown around north London is that Arsenal are a bit soft and they crumble when they get to the tougher games. Whether there might just be something in that or not, let’s be honest, are Arsenal going on a 10-game winning run right now?
“Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool can theoretically catch the Blues but it all seems to be falling into place for us, I mean did any of us want anything other than a draw between Man City and Liverpool at the weekend?
“Also, going back to Spurs, you might have noticed in the press that Harry Kane is injured (it got so little coverage you might have missed it) but yet again that is something that has fallen into Chelsea’s hands at just the right time.”
The former Chelsea winger then revealed that the team’s midfield is a major reason why Chelsea will never suffer a title capitulation – the defence.
“Which brings us back to why everyone thinks Chelsea are unlikely to fold – the defence is infuriatingly solid if you are trying to break them down. Collapses tend to happen to sides that are a bit flaky, that play on the edge and are completely different one week to the next in style and in quality. The standard from Chelsea, primarily at the back and in defensive midfield, has remained granite-like since the infamous Emirates first half,” Pat Nevin wrote in his column.