Sports Gist: 10 Reasons Why Chelsea won’t Win the Premier League Title
Sports Gist: 10 Reasons Why Chelsea won’t Win the Premier League Title:
The Title race in the premier League is deemed to be over by some blues fans but according to Daily Mail Sports Gist there are 10 reasons why Chelsea might not be Champions. And here the are:
1 – ARSENAL TO FOCUS ON THE LEAGUE
After their imminent Champions League exit and home defeat by Lincoln in the FA Cup, Arsenal will have nothing else on their minds but the most astonishing of astonishing comebacks.
With a supporter base united behind them, the Gunners will face no other distractions. Nothing to worry manager Arsene Wenger. Nothing to concern star players Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
Thirteen years of meticulous planning could finally come to fruition.
2 – THE UNPREDICTABLE
Maybe the Premier League will outlaw 3-4-3.
That’d cause some hassle.
Perhaps Conte will get carried away with winning the FA Cup and forget there’s a league campaign to complete.
3 – IT HAS HAPPENED BEFORE, HISTORY CAN REPEAT ITSELF
Put that champagne away, Antonio, while we teach you a quick history lesson.
Having a massive lead doesn’t guarantee you the title in March – unless you’re Celtic, of course.
Newcastle fans know that all too well, having watched their Toon squander a 12-point advantage in January 1996 to finish the season as runners-up to Manchester United.
The Red Devils, meanwhile, were overhauled by Arsenal – back when the Gunners were made of sterner stuff – despite holding a 13-point cushion over Christmas 1997.
United returned the favour six years later, rendering Arsenal’s eight-point March lead redundant by claiming a bonkers 48 of the final 54 available points of the campaign.
And it happened in the pre-Premier League years, too.
Leeds in 1992, Arsenal in 1971, Derby in 1972. So who’s to say Liverpool can’t make up 14 points and a substantially inferior goal difference in the space of eight weeks? Cough, cough.
4 – TOTTENHAM ARE CHASING DOWN
Mauricio Pochettino is working wonders at White Hart Lane as Tottenham look to say goodbye to their famous stadium in style.
Spurs shouldn’t be scared of what they have to come. Perhaps the toughest games of the lot are the visits of Manchester United and Arsenal to the Lane but Pochettino’s men are still unbeaten at home… and that run doesn’t look like ending any time soon.
There are no trips to any of the top half to plan for, either.
All they need is for Chelsea to lose four matches.
5 – THERE MIGHT BE A SHIFT OF LUCK
At some point, Chelsea’s luck must surely change.
Yeah, yeah… we know, you can hardly pin such a dominant campaign to date on good fortune alone. But let’s face it, the Blues have been blessed.
Like Leicester last year, Stamford Bridge has been an injury-free zone. No long lay-offs, no need to rejig the starting XI at a moment’s notice, no selection headaches for the boss. What a life that must be.
Right now, Conte can name his team for the following weekend’s game before he’s got out of his pyjamas on Monday morning.
But what happens when he rocks up at Cobham to discover Eden Hazard has a stomach bug, David Luiz has sprained his perm and Diego Costa has developed another suspicious ‘back strain’?
That’d make things interesting.
6 – RETURN OF THE BOGEY TEAMS
Here are some stats to make Chelsea supporters quake in their boots…
Stoke have taken points off their team at the Bet365 in four of the past six seasons and the Blues have only won at Everton on two of their last eight Premier League trips.
Not quaking yet? Try these on for size…
Chelsea have only won at West Brom on one of their last five visits and have tasted victory at Old Trafford once in seven years in all competitions.
Scary stuff, hey.
So… er… yeah…. Stoke, Everton and West Brom WILL derail this title train.
7 – COSTA’S FUSE MIGHT RISE AGAIN
It seems an absolute age since Chelsea’s enigmatic centre forward did something daft and the Diego Doomsday clock must be getting perilously close to midnight.
Conte has somehow got his naughty pupil to behave this season but he showed in January with his China-induced hissy fit that there’s still an element of the rebel of old left in him.
And what’s left when Costa reverts to type and gets himself banned for biting a steward? Michy Batshuayi… the £33million man with one Premier League goal to his name, that’s who.
Yep, you’re starting to understand.
8 – PEP GUARDIOLA CAN WIN THEM ALL
Pep Guardiola reckons City will have to win all of their remaining dozen top-flight games if they are to pip Chelsea to the post.
It’s not as mad a suggestion as it sounds.
Given their mid-season wobbles, it’s easy to forget that Pep’s men started the 2016-17 campaign like a runaway train, chugging to 10 straight victories before suffering from some kind of footballing brain freeze in October. They have previous.
Ominously, City are now on the charge again. Dropping Calamity Claudio Bravo to the bench has coincided with a hot streak of form including four successive Premier League wins.
They’ve scored at least two goals in all bar one of their last eight games and will be boosted when Gabriel Jesus returns around Easter time.
With that storyline in place, it would be rude not to complete the resurrection job.
9 – KANTE MIGHT SLUMP
While all his former Leicester team-mates simultaneously forgot how to be champions over the course of the summer, N’Golo Kante just kept on motoring.
Perhaps the Frenchman is just experiencing a delayed reaction. How long until he, too, regresses to the same extent as the likes of Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Danny Drinkwater, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy?
Are Chelsea prepared? Can they cope with the inevitable slump? Can you hear the sound of the barrel being scraped?
10 – THE PLAYERS COULD BE HIT BY INJURIES
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