Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer Thierry Henry has said that Chelsea’s ability to claim points despite not playing well is what will help them become Premier League champions this season, The Daily Mail reports.
The Blues hosted Manchester City in Saturday’s late kick-off and held Manuel Pellegrini’s side to a 1-1 draw.
“That’s what Chelsea does. They might not play well sometimes, but they win 1-0. They suffered today, they didn’t lose. That’s why they are the team that I think will end up champions,” Henry is quoted as saying by The Daily Mail.
Ahead of the match, much had been spoken of the sheer magnitude and importance of the so-called clash of the titans, but the game itself turned out to be rather uneventful.
Late first-half goals from Loic Remy and David Silva perked the atmosphere up a bit, but it became increasingly clear that Jose Mourinho’s side were content with holding the visitors at arm’s length.
The Citizens, in contrast, were seeking victory much to Henry’s delight, but there were moments where they also appeared rather conservative in their approach.
“Let’s give them (Manchester City) credit. Who took a point at the Bridge this year? No-one,” Henry added after the match.
“They came back into the game. They had possession, more opportunities. They didn’t win. But you’re still playing against Chelsea. They took a point. Could they have done a bit more? Maybe.”
Nonetheless, in spite of what could be perceived as a positive result for City, many observers will feel that the draw hands the West London outfit the initiative in the title race.
Chelsea remain five points clear at the top and with visits to just Arsenal and West Ham United in the top 10 left, it’s certainly safe to say that the title is in their hands going into the business end of the season.