In his latest public address Jose Mourinho has asserted that The Premier League title race is still on. When asked which team in the chasing pack poses the biggest threat to Chelsea The BBC quotes him as saying:
All of them. Mathematically it’s open
One of the greatest maxims in football management has always been to guard against complacency. And the success of the Chelsea boss down the years has clearly come from meticulous planning and a great attention to detail – Mourinho likes to leave nothing to chance.
But, even with the latest news that Chelsea’s main man, Diego Costa, could be out for much of the rest of the season, we feel that the hard work has been largely done for Chelsea this term.
With just 8 games to go, Chelsea are 7 points clear of their nearest challengers, Arsenal, with a game in hand. They still have some tough games ahead, with Manchester United and Arsenal themselves to play. But even if they lose these two fixtures they will still be a point clear with that game extra to play.
With the likes of Loic Remy and Didier Drogba in reserve, to take the place of the crocked Costa, Chelsea are anything but threadbare in attack.
So, this statement is perhaps designed more as an attempt to keep his players on their toes than a realistic concern that they can be caught. Next season should prove a much tighter title race with Arsenal and Manchester United coming back to the boil. But a miracle needs to occur for Chelsea to throw this one away.