From the start of this season, Chelsea has not quite been regarded as title favorites. This is of course, largely due to the fact that we finished poorly last season, and we were expected to rebuild, rather than actually contend. But we have been here before, and I have reason to believe we can do it again.
2016/17 saw us go through the same thing after Jose Mourinho’s exit, and against all odds, we came out top of the league in May 2017. In that year, a few things played into our favour, and even though there’s been a few changes in the league, I’m not sure it’ll be enough to stop us this time.
In 2016/17, Pep Guardiola had just come to Manchester City, and he was expected to win ahead of everyone else, but he didn’t; instead it was Chelsea that did with the help of our then manager, Antonio Conte.
City were playing in the Champions League, as were Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. That affected their workload, and had them tiring out quicker than expected. We were on the other hand, only focused on the domestic league, and in the end, we clinched it.
This season, similar factors are in play. We will be going to the Europa League, but considering that we have the Premier League to fight for, I’m not sure Sarri will be making that a priority. So while the rest of the pack are toiling in the Champions League, we should be cruise to the title, all things being equal.
Liverpool may be top of the league at the moment, but I doubt they’ll have the consistency required to remain there. The current crop of players they have at the moment do not know what it means to fight to the death. They will fall off sooner or later, and Chelsea’s experience will come to bear. We will be playing them in a few weeks. If we win that fixture (and I think we will), there’ll be no stopping us.