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Chelsea Are Still Dangerous
Posted Mar 22, 2011 by Shaun Edwards
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Considering all the negative press that has been flung the way of Carlo Ancelotti in the past few months, it comes as quite a shock to realise that following their 2-0 victory over Manchester City, Chelsea actually find themselves only nine points behind Manchester United and with a game in hand. With eight games to play, they are nowhere near as out of the race as everyone seems to think.
The victory itself was fairly well deserved, even though for a long time it looked like it might join the rank of 0-0 stinkers that too often plague fixtures between the top teams. It took until the 78th minute for Luiz (rapidly gaining hero status at Stamford Bridge, far more so than the £50 million Fernando Torres) to break the deadlock, and with Ramires adding a bit of class to the score-line, Chelsea demonstrated the class that still separates them from pretenders like City.
City once again showed the lack of belief that is preventing them from reaching the real top level – like Arsenal, you wonder if they really have the stomach and the desire that is necessary to reach the very top levels of English football. Aside from an early Toure attempt at goal, they offered little, once again seemingly happy to get away with not losing: a negative attitude that continually gets them into trouble.
Chelsea certainly showed more ambition, and that will be undoubtedly good news for their boss. Still decidedly uncertain about his job security, Ancelloti will always have been quietly aware that in such an unpredictable season, his side’s chances of retaining their title had never completely disappeared. With another game against Manchester United still to be played, you wonder just how much the Blues still have in the tank, and whether it could be enough to pull off one of the most unlikely title victories in years.
As for Manchester City, once again they have proven themselves to be all cash, no courage and continue to run the risk of not even qualifying for the Champion’s League once again, despite a total of £300 million having been spent in the previous two seasons.