In the latest twist in the Chelsea conspiracy rumours, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has admitted that he wouldn’t shed a tear if the Blues weren’t to retain their title.
The Blues are enduring a miserable start to the season, and after 13 games, have amassed only 14 points, losing seven and winning only four of their matches to date.
Despite a weekend triumph over Norwich City, Chelsea remain in 15th place. Jose Mourinho’s side are a whopping 12 points off the top four, and are 14 points behind unlikely leaders Leicester City.
Remarkably, Chelsea have only half as many points as Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes, who were in the midst of a relegation battle until late last season.
Scudamore has revealed his bias when admitting that he felt for the image of the league, it would be good if another team were to win the title.
“The only thing that matter is that we put on the most competitively intense competition we can attracting the world’s best players, trying to attract the world’s best managers, trying to grow the league,” the chief exec said, as per CNN.
“Therefore my interests slightly diverge from some of the clubs.
“And so, no disrespect to Chelsea, we like the idea that the champions are not the champions next year.
“In some ways, we like a new name on the trophy every year because it shows the competitive dynamic of the league.
“So this season more than ever is a mix with Leicester doing so well, West Ham doing so well, Crystal Palace doing so well.
“Plus what you might refer to as the big six as having mixed fortunes.
“And that is good for the league from a competitive point of view and from an interest point of view.”
Are Scudamore’s comments fair, or is it another example of a Chelsea conspiracy in the highest echelons of the EPL?
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Mourinho was heavily linked with the exit door several weeks ago, but despite defeats to Liverpool and Stoke City, victories over Dinamo Kyiv and the Canaries appear to have bought him some time with Roman Abramovich.
It remains to be seen to what extent the Portuguese coach will invest in the summer in order to restore his side’s fortunes.