Chelsea are close to being crowned league champions for the second time in three seasons as the Blues edge closer and closer to becoming Premier League champions this season with each passing game.
For Chelsea legend Pat Nevin, what separates Chelsea from Arsenal and Manchester City in terms of winning titles is the strong defence Chelsea have.
Nevin, in his column in the official Chelsea website wrote: “One of the biggest clichés in the game is that you do not win titles without a rock-solid defence. That of course makes you immediately consider Man City’s back line and Pep’s ultra-positive attack-minded play. Personally I love it. In reality though, unless you are as good as Barcelona at their very best then many would say defensive consideration is probably a good idea in the end if you want to win the big prizes.
“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 [in which they conceded three goals to Arsenal].”