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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Title Race hotting up

Since the season began there has been one team that everyone has been talking about, Chelsea have been brilliant, Mourinho’s side looked unstoppable and were even being talked about as potentially invincible but now despite being the best team in the league by some way they find themselves on top of the table only because their name begins with a C.

After such a great first half of the season Chelsea would have hoped to have built up a nice gap at the top but after defeats to Newcastle and this evenings epic 5-3 defeat to Spurs, Manchester City have been allowed back into the race and they have taken the opportunity to set up what could be a thrilling two horse race for the Premier League title.

It must be noted that most players in Mourinho’s team have never actually won a Premier League title, Chelsea have not won the Premier League since 10/11 under Carlo Ancelotti and have since seen quite a change in the squad, Manchester City on the other hand have the experience of winning the Premier League title last season which could prove vital in the final few months of the season.

As we saw last year with Liverpool, performing the best over the season doesn’t guarantee you the title, its all about having that killer instinct to somehow win the big games, todays defeat for Chelsea could be a massive turning point, especially after Man City got a vital 3-2 win over Sunderland thanks to a Frank Lampard goal, that win and Chelsea’s defeat gives Pellegrini’s team all the momentum going into the new year.

On January 31st the two sides meet and it could turn out to be a title decider even with a long way to go, after looking like they would walk away with the title Chelsea may now begin to struggle under the pressure, while City, as they did last season, could get stronger and stronger as the season goes on.

The title race could all hinge on two men: Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero, the joint top scorers in the league on 14 goals each these two men will be the key for either side should they win the league, if Aguero can get fit and stay fit for the run in he could single hand idly win the title for City, he is on his day the standout player in the Premier League and was it not for so many injuries he could well be regarded as highly as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Costa may not have the flair of Aguero but his clinical finishing has been key to Chelsea’s season thus far, with the creative forces of Fabregas and Hazard behind him he is sure to register many more goals in the second half of the season.

It has been a relatively straight forward season at the top until now but as per usual in the Premier League nothing is ever straight forward, the coming months are sure to be exciting as Chelsea and City battle it out to be crowned champions.

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