After 11 games this current season, it’s almost like there’s a unanimous guess as to where the title will be going next May, and you can’t fault the public for thinking so. Most of the teams in the top half of the league have struggled at some point this season, except for the blue side of Manchester. City remain the only side in the league not to have lost a game this term, and at the moment, it looks like they’re favourites for the title, but is it truly so?
Over and over, we have experienced this episode — a team leading by a really great margin before December, but once things get a little more serious after Christmas, they begin to struggle. Arsenal, and Liverpool are very good examples of teams that have been in that position in recent times. Last season, Manchester City even started well ahead of everybody else, but then, capitulated soon. We all know the story of how that season ended. We had a shaky start, but we turned it on its head to have one of our finest seasons yet.
This season, the story has been similar for us. We have lost a number of games (three already), most of them we probably could have won, but then, it’s football, these things happen. Pundits and punters have already taken us off the picture in this season’s title race, and Manchester City are the ‘obvious’ favorites, but if history has taught us anything, it’s to never discard Chelsea. We have done it in the past, we can do it all over again.
The most encouraging part of our story at the moment is that our important absentees are back, so we have an even stronger team. If we keep winning as Conte said in his pre-match briefing earlier, we have a very good chance to catch Manchester City. The gap between us and them at the moment is only 9 points. We only need a good runs of wins and a stuttering form for City for the deficit to be cut reasonably. We have played all except Liverpool of all the teams on the top 6 of the league, they’re yet to play Manchester United and Tottenham. So things aren’t just as ‘easy and dusted’ as people have made it out to seem.
To everyone who has discounted us, I can only ask to watch and see. And to all Chelsea faithful out there, stay blue, and remember the race isn’t over until we hit the finish line. Every team has to struggle at some point in a season. I believe we have suffered and survived ours, will Manchester City? Time will tell.