Mourinho’s men can go eight points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, but should the Blues boss be worried?
Manchester City slipped up to Liverpool on Sunday in the title race, dropping three priceless points – while on the same day, title leaders Chelsea secured their first trophy of the season.
Following the narrow triumph over West Ham United on Wednesday night, that heaps the pressure further on Manuel Pellegrini, Blues boss Jose Mourinho revealed that he would be having a lie-in until midday the next day – but should the Portuguese be so relaxed?
We take a look at five of the biggest and most exciting Premier League title races – that could ruffle the feathers of even the most confident of football bosses…
“I will love it if we beat them.”
Manchester United – 1996/97
Old Trafford hero David Beckham, on the opening day of the 1996/97 campaign, netted his famous goal from the half-way line against Wimbledon, with the season earning the midfielder Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year award.
But it was the title race that truly stole the limelight. Man United won the Premier League title by seven points – but they overcame a huge 12-point deficit by Newcastle United to secure the trophy.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s title fight back produced the most memorable quote in the league’s history from then Magpies boss Kevin Keegan, who said, “And I’ll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them. Love it.” Unfortunately it wasn’t to be…