Chelsea and Manchester City incredible League form would continue into the New year, says our writer Femi.
The English Premier League never ceases to amaze us. Just few weeks back, Jose Mourinho’s men were sitting top of the table with a healthy gap, coming into the hectic December fixtures.
However, failure to win some important games has seen the gap between them and second-placed Manchester City trimmed to 3 points.
The Blues continue to flaunt their title credentials though. On Monday, it was away to Stoke.
A ground that has proved difficult for the big boys. Mourinho was wary of the clash in his pre-match press conference.
However, such fears were relieved, a bit, when Captain John Terry’s header from a Fabregas corner proved a turning point- The away side were ahead in less than 3 minutes.
They immediately controlled possession subsequently, and had they been more clinical in the final third, would have been out of sight after Halftime.
Fabregas winning goal late in the second half was typical Chelsea attacking prowess. A brilliant pass from Hazard to an onrushing Fabregas in the box, his fist touch put the ball in motion, and his second was deflected into the right bottom corner.
That win sees the Blues top of the League table heading into Christmas, even though there is still much work to be done as title rivals Manchester City don’t seem to want to lose these days.
A comfortable 3-0 win at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday catapulted them back into the frantic title race. They have also shown there is life without their talisman, Ageuro. According to @Henrywinter, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have scored 7 and conceded 0 after the first 15 minutes against Newcastle.
On Boxing Day, the League resumes. Chelsea host a defiant Westham United, while Manchester City travel to take on an inconsistent WestBrom.
With their respective form, it would be difficult to not fancy a victory again for both teams.