CHELSEA was tipped for the title by many people when the season kicked off.
However, by 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 15, their race could effectively be staged – with four months of racing still remaining.
Failure at Etihad in the match taking place this afternoon will make Thomas Tuchel’s army 13 points behind rival Manchester City.
There are only 16 matches left and Pep Guardiola’s army is in extremely good form, it will certainly be too big a gap to be able to compensate.
It’s not that Chelsea’s league campaign has been disastrous – they’ve only lost twice all season and averaged over two points per game.
Not too long ago, a total of 43 points from your opening 21 games would have served as a good springboard to push through all the way.
However, everything has changed since Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp arrived on these shores.
When you play against this City team, it’s simply not bad enough. The bar is set much higher than that.
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Chelsea beat Pep’s team to win the Champions League in Porto the following May also beat them in the league and FA Cup in the previous weeks.
With a top manager at Tuchel leading the way, the expectation is that they will carry on – and they have the money to help them do it.
Roman Abramovich didn’t get much change out of £100m when he brought Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge.
For that currency, Russian owners would expect more than a place in the Carabao Cup final as a return on his huge investment.
Meanwhile, Guardiola has proven that you don’t always need an expensive striker to make his opponents follow suit.
As if to prove his point even flirted with Ferran Torres – one of the highly-rated strikers for the position in the summer – arrives at Barcelona earlier this month.
City – apparently burned by a failed hat-trick – turned into one of their best performances under Guardiola when the two teams met in London in September.
A repeat of that this weekend will show the European champions they still have some way to go.
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