Chelsea defeated West Ham 2-1 on Monday at the London Stadium to maintain our 10-point gap at the top of the Premier League table.
However, despite acknowledging Chelsea are favourites to win the Premier League title, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic feels the title race isn’t over yet as he won’t be surprised if a team closes the gap on Chelsea.
Bilic told Standard Sport: “The one question I have been asked more than any other since our match against Chelsea on Monday night is: have West Ham just played this season’s Premier League champions?
“Despite the temptation, I would still not say categorically that Chelsea will win the title — even though they are strong favourites. Look at the three at the bottom. Could anyone say they will all go down? It is still open at both ends.
“If someone caught Chelsea, yes, it would be a surprise, but we have seen it before. It wouldn’t be a surprise to rank alongside Leicester last season — and the gap is a considerable one — but there are enough games to play. Chelsea, though, look good, they look serious.
“One difference between Antonio Conte’s side and, let’s say Manchester City and Arsenal, is that the latter two want to play great football, they want to do it in style. Chelsea don’t care. First and foremost, they want to win. They are there to win and they are ready to sacrifice the beauty for the winning cause.
“They don’t care about ball position, they don’t care about outplaying you. They are solid and they counter-attack with pace and skill. They are a team, they want to do it and they are there with the coach.
“On their day, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool are definitely more ‘sexy’ than Chelsea, but only on their day. Chelsea are what I like to call a ‘Punishment Unit’. You make one mistake and it’s over, finished.
“So, let me put it this way: they would have to be very unlucky in the remainder of this season not to win the title, because I am sure they will not lose their focus or their intensity.”