Blues boss Jose Mourinho played down Chelsea as favourites for the title again this week, insisting that Manchester City are the frontrunners. Chelsea currently sit top of the Premier League table, four points clear of Liverpool and Arsenal.
City have two games in hand and are currently six points behind Chelsea with a vastly superior goal difference but in order for Manuel Pellegrini’s side to return to the top, they have to win both of their games.
"We are top of the table because Manchester City are two games behind," the 31-year-old explained.
"If they win them, then they will be ahead of us due to the more number of goals scored.”
"We are not the biggest favourites but we want to win the league and we will be fighting for it. There are still 10 games left," he added.
It would appear that the goalkeeper is towing the party line and echoing his manager’s comments all season long that Chelsea are not the favourites for the title but with just 10 games left to play and Arsenal faltering over the weekend, there is a gap opened up that, in reality, is enough to make the Blues favourites.
I understand why Mourinho especially is keen to play down Chelsea’s chances – he has said on several occasions that his ambitions are geared towards the future.
His purchases in the transfer market reflected that in January but in the position they’re in right now and the way the Blues have grown into the season, it is high time Chelsea begin to acknowledge they are favourites.
Mourinho stated the title is Manchester City’s to lose but, looking at the table, that is nonsensical – the title is very much Chelsea’s to lose.
Manchester City have six less points because they have won two fewer games. Regardless of whether they have played them yet, City still have to win two games that Chelsea have won already.
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