It is Chelsea’s title to lose

Chelsea v Bristol Rovers - EFL Cup

The English Premier League title race is all but over,after 24 matchdays Chelsea has a nine point lead over Tottenham Hotspurs which for a second consecutive season in a row will miss the chance of winning the EPL title.As for Chelsea the only thing they now need is to hold on to their lead to the end of the season and their sixth EPL title is theirs.For Antonio Conte’s men this is refreshing since last season was a disaster of epic proportion where they finished only tenth which was their worst finish in two decades and everyone remembers in one of the last matches of last season the 2-2 draw with the Spurs which gave Leicester City their historical first ever EPL.This season the story with the Blues from West London is way more different since they turned the tables,first by hiring former Italy and Juventus coach and legend Antonio Conte which was hired after Guus Hiddink’s brief stint at the club which began in December of 2015 till the end of the season after a disastrous reign of Jose Mourinho which saw the Blues at 14th place of the EPL table at the end of December with only 20 points with only 4 victories and 5 draws and 10 defeats after 19 matchdays.Under Hiddink the Blues eventually the club reached a decent 10th places which was their lowest since the 1995-96 season when they finished only 11th.During the summer Conte was hired with only one mission:to bring the club back to the top of the EPL.For that during the summer transfer window in order to strenght the club roster in critical positions Michy Batshuayi from Olympique Marseille and defender N’Golo Kante from Leicester City were brought in together with the return of David Luiz which had a stint with the Blues from 2011 to 2014 and who spent the last two seasons in Paris Saint-Germain.Meanwhile the Blues got rid of Mohamed Salah which is experiencing a reneissance in the Serie A with AS Roma and which in two seasons with the Blues had a very little playing time where he was featured only in 13 matches and scored only 2 goals,while mostly he was spending time in loans first with Fiorentina and then with the giallorossi before he made a permanent move for 15 million Euros to Roma.Also Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato which were released from the club as well after spending disastrous loan periods at Stamford Bridge where both players which hoped that the loan time with the Blues will actually help them to reach their potentials again,however both Falcao and Pato saw where little playing time during their loan periods at Chelsea.After finishing 10th last season which meant no European competitions for the first time since the 2002-03 season it meant that the Blues could concentrate their efforts to make a much higher place on the EPL table,but they did more than that,in fact they could win the EPL title this season which would represent a redemption from last season’s disaster which happened.The Blues started pretty strongly the season with three consecutive victory and it wasn’t until matchday 5 and 6 when they suffered back-to-back defeats by Arsenal and Liverpool,however after their 3-0 defeat in the London derby against the Gunners at the end of September,the Blues went into a streak of 13 consecutive victories which lasted from matchday 7 which was at the beginning of October to the beginning of January this year where they suffered a 2-1 defeat against the Spurs in the city derby.During that streak they trounced the Red Devils 4-0 at Stamford Bridge,a 5-0 trouncing of Everton again at home and very crucial back-to-back victories against the Spurs and Manchester City for the direct title challenge which have given the Blues the upper hand for the title race which is now all but over since till the end of the season they have only crucial matches against both Manchester clubs in April,since they played a 1-1 draw against Liverpool last weekend and defeated the Gunners 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday which gives them a nine point advantage over the Spurs which have also the UEFA Europe League to play beginning with the match 2nd round where they face Gent and the Spurs have only a single point advantage over Pepe Guardiola’s Manchester City which involved in the UEFA Champions League where in the 2nd round face the current leader of the French Ligue 1 AS Monaco.So with the Spurs and the Sky Blues busy in Europe and with a much tougher schedule,the Blues can run away and clinch their sixth EPL title and it is their title to lose.


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