BBC pundit Gary Lineker has taken to social media site Twitter in praise of Chelsea despite a rather drab 0-0 with Arsenal.
The fixture was billed before kick-off as one of the most highly anticipated of the season owing to the fantastic form both clubs are currently in.
The Gunners headed into the encounter off the back of eight straight Premier League victories, the first time Arsene Wenger’s men have achieved such a feat in over a decade.
Jose Mourinho’s side in contrast haven’t been quite as spectacular but still extremely consistent, winning nine of their previous 12 matches – seven of those coming by a margin of just one goal.
A draw would all-but assure the West Londoners of the title, and that is exactly what they got as the they nullified the hosts’ attacking threats with calm defending and long spells of possession.
While it may have represented more of a training session at times and certainly not one of the big-game classics for the neutrals, Gary Lineker saw the positives from both sides.
Chelsea did what they had to do. It's worth pointing out that this was only the 2nd time they've failed to score this season, in all comps.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) abril 26, 2015
In a game of few chances, arguably the biggest talking points were two possible penalty calls for the away side during the opening period.
Brazilian international Oscar was blocked by Gunners shot-stopper David Ospina, though the second one raised far more attention as former North London favourite Cesc Fabregas was felled in the area.
The former Barcelona ace looked to have been caught by fellow Spaniard Santi Cazorla, but he was instead booked for diving, a decision Lineker didn’t agree with.
Why do referees hate giving penalties? Nailed on foul on Oscar.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) abril 26, 2015
Another penalty. Jose will be checking the minutes before his post match press conference.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) abril 26, 2015
If one player breathes on another outside the box refs give a foul. It needs to border on GBH for them to blow their whistle for a pen.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) abril 26, 2015
The draw keeps Mourinho’s men 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, whereas Wenger’s side remain in third, level on points with Manchester City having played a game fewer.