My, how the tables have turned. In the eyes of Chelsea supporters, butter wouldn’t have melted in the mouth of Phil Scolari back in September, but a run of disappointing performances and results have left the Blues’ title hopes dangling by a thread. Does anyone think they can win the Premier League title from this position?
Chelsea trail Manchester United by seven points, having played a game more, with The Times reporting that Sir Alex Ferguson can’t see a way back for the west London club. The bookmakers now price them up as big as 20/1 to finish top of the tree, not a price that might entice too many people after a shoddy goalless draw with Hull City.
“It is going to be difficult for Chelsea, it is fair to say,” Ferguson said. “But in the context of football, as we know it, mistakes can be made. We had an 11-point lead over Arsenal in 1998 and lost it. We are not counting our chickens and we don’t think we should because this game can come and bite you. We are saying in the dressing-room that this is a fantastic result and performance. It is time to kick on.”
At the start of the season, you wouldn’t have predicted Chelsea drawing or losing more home matches than the ones that they have won. Just what is the problem at Stamford Bridge which has caused them to win just two of their last nine league games? Do they need to have a clear-out in the summer, or are they simply short of attacking options after missing out on Robinho?