Why Chelsea have only themselves to blame in Premier League

Robbie Savage explains that Chelsea will have only themselves to blame if they fail to win the league title.

Footballer-turned-pundit Robbie Savage believes that Chelsea will have only themselves to blame if they fail to win the Premier League title this season.

Heading into this weekend’s rounds of matches, the Blues find themselves second in the league table with 78 points from 36 matches, two points behind leaders Liverpool.

Manchester City are a point off Jose Mourinho’s side, but they have a game in hand and also have a better goal difference than their two rivals.

For Chelsea to win the Premier League crown, they will need both Liverpool and City to drop points. At this moment in time, it looks unlikely, although this season’s title race has seen so many twists and turns that it is not unfathomable that there are more surprises in store.

Savage, who featured for Leicester City and Derby County among other clubs during his playing career and now works as a football pundit, has said that Chelsea should have performed much better against sides lower than them in the league table.

Last weekend Mourinho underlined how his players have beaten Liverpool and City both home and away, but the Blues have also slipped up in many games against teams they should have beaten easily (Sunderland at Stamford Bridge last month is a notable example).

Savage has now come down harsh on Mourinho and claims that Chelsea would be rueing their failures.

‘As for Mourinho, people say he is a genius – and when his players execute a game plan as flawlessly as they did at Liverpool last Sunday, nobody does it better than the Special One’, he wrote in The Mirror. ‘But if Manchester City or Liverpool go on to win the Premier League title, neither of them will really have won it. In my book, Chelsea will have blown it.

‘There is no point in Mourinho boasting that he plotted victories, home and away, against City and Liverpool if Chelsea drop points by losing against Sunderland, Aston Villa, Stoke and Crystal Palace, or drawing at home against West Brom and West Ham. When Mourinho left Stamford Bridge first time around in 2007, one of the reasons Roman Abramovich made the change was his desire to see Chelsea play more expansive, entertaining football.

‘Entertainment doesn’t always put trophies in the cabinet – look at Arsenal; lovely football, great to watch, no trophies in nine years - but I haven’t seen a huge difference in the Special One’s approach during his second coming. He is still a master of winning tight, tactical games against the top sides, but they don’t win enough matches with a swagger in their stride. Apart from blowing Arsenal away 6-0, when the pace and power of their blitzkrieg was overlooked in the controversy over Kieran Gibbs’ red card, they don’t turn on the style enough – even though they have the players to do it’.

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