BT Sport's Rio Ferdinand
Pundit Rio Ferdinand has told BT Sport that he thinks the title race is over after Chelsea's 2-1 home win over Manchester City on Wednesday evening – but Steven Gerrard claims Tottenham still have a chance.
Chelsea lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, and with Tottenham winning 2-0 away at Burnley, the gap at the top of the Premier League table stood at seven points heading into midweek fixtures.
The Blues were at home to Manchester City in a heavyweight clash, whilst Spurs travelled to South Wales to take on a Swansea City side fighting for their lives in the battle against relegation to the Championship.
Chelsea claimed a 2-1 win over City as Eden Hazard found the net twice, but Spurs left it late to beat Swansea, scoring three times in the final six minutes to claim all three points via goals from Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen.
The results mean the seven point gap remains, and with another game ticked off, it's becoming increasingly difficult for Spurs to catch Antonio Conte's men – especially considering some of the remaining fixtures.
Chelsea have three home games left, against Southampton, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, whilst their away trips see them travel to Bournemouth, Manchester United, Everton and West Bromwich in a favourable run-in.
Meanwhile, Spurs will host Watford, Bournemouth, Arsenal and Manchester United, whilst also travelling to take on Leicester City, Crystal Palace, West Ham United and Hull City.
After Chelsea's win over Manchester City, pundit Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport that he thinks the title race is over, as Chelsea have not only got their momentum back, but given a major mental dent to Tottenham by bouncing straight back with a win rather than dropping points again.
However, Steven Gerrard – who saw Liverpool throw away the title in 2013 – disagreed, suggesting that it takes just one defeat for Chelsea to open the race up again, giving Tottenham hope that they can overhaul their London rivals.
"I made the point about them having one hand on the trophy if they won this game [against City], due to getting back that momentum, but also because the other teams - mentally - will think 'that was our chance, we thought we might have had them, they're back on track again', and I think that's the big key," said Ferdinand.
"If in the next game, let's Chelsea lose and Spurs win again, it's back to four points. I'm just not sure the lead is big enough to get carried away with eight games to go, taking it from my own experience, I know how much it can turn so quickly. I agree that Chelsea are favourites, and they're a good side, but I just think that with eight games to go, it would be very silly to get carried away and for the players to believe that they've got one hand on the trophy. You didn't expect Crystal Palace to beat Chelsea; they've still got to go to Everton, it won't be easy there. Each game gets more difficult the closer you get," added Gerrard.
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