A few weeks ago I ran an article on where you might find the most exciting title race in Europe and pushed you in the direction of the Dutch Eredivisie if you wanted such intrigue. With the Spanish, Italian, German and our very own title race all but over the fact that four teams were battling for the league title in Holland really caught the eye.
A lot can happen in a very short space of time in football as up until last night it seemed Ajax were looking like running away with the title after a great run of recent form. When teen sensation Viktor Fischer grabbed a goal in the first half at the Amsterdam Arena yesterday all seemed to be going to plan.
However their opponents were not so convinced. Heerenveen, who are managed by Ajax legend Marco Van Basten, pulled back an equaliser with eight minutes remaining through Alfred Finnbogason to steal a point away from the league leaders; which has opened the door to the chasing pack.
PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord are now in hot pursuit with a game in hand and whilst sitting seven points behind they can close the gap to within four points this weekend. But wait a minute; because for as close as they can get Vitesse Arnhem are in fact the team just below Ajax in the table.
A recent run of good form has seen the team dubbed ‘FC Hollywood’ remain unbeaten in nine appearances and a win this weekend would move them within three points of Ajax with just three games remaining.
Why should this be of interest to Chelsea fans? Well because the club currently have three players in their first-team who are all on-loan from the London club.
They can hope PSV will falter against the leagues yo-yo team AZ Alkmaar while they of course need to get the job done themselves with a crunch Sunday tie against Feyenoord at De Kuip. The Rotterdam side are unbeaten at home this season and in fact their last defeat at home was against NEC Nijmegen back in 2011 so Vitesse certainly have a task on their hands.
But if they do win on Sunday then a trio of Chelsea players may just be lifting up a title of their own this season.
Can these three players make the grade at Stamford Bridge?
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