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Is the Premier League title already won?

Monday 5th December 2016
At the start of the season when the fixtures were announced, many knew that this weekend, which saw Manchester City entertain Chelsea, would be an important date and a big game.

Now to say it would have been a potential title decider would have been no doubt premature, but role on three months and many observers were suggesting that maybe this game could have a bearing on the destination of the Premier League title.

Guardiola's Man City caught the eye of many observers as they lit up the early stages of the Premier League with impressive wins over Stoke and local neighbours Manchester United. Although West Londoners Chelsea, alongside the two Manchester clubs, won their first three games, they weren't getting as much attention.

This could have been possibly due to the fact that a certain Jose Mourinho manages United and some bloke called Pep Guardiola manages City. Whatever the reason for Blues boss Antonio Conte and his team going under the radar, one thing that did happen was doubts were raised after defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal.

The Chelsea manager's curse which has taken victims such as Jose twice, Carlo Ancelotti and Luis Felippe Scolari, surely couldn't be taking another victim in former Juventus manager Conte right? Wrong! To his immense credit, the former Juve club captain tweaked his formation and his Chelsea side have benefitted as result.
Just like the formation he used at former club Juve, Conte has gone for three centre-backs as well as wing backs, which has worked to great effect as Victor Moses has become a player reborn and completely revitalised under the Italian's management.

As a consequence of those two high-profile defeats, as we just discussed this lead to an improvement in results, and after Saturday's win in the lunchtime kick-off against The Citizen's, Chelsea have now created some daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.

Just like in their game against Tottenham, The Blues were just more potent in the final third when it truly mattered against Manchester City. Pep's Man City side are far from out of the title race after this defeat, we are still in December of course, but yet again their defensive deficiencies have been ruthlessly exposed by "better sides".

Chelsea, on the other hand, have been watertight at the back, in fact in this winning sequence not only have they played the champagne football, the win against Everton was an example of that, but Conte's men have only conceded two goals in this winning sequence.

The Stamford Bridge outfit have really impressed in these last two months, players like Eden Hazard have been outstanding as well as Spaniard Diego Costa, after both had tough seasons last season.

What manager Antonio Conte will be praying for is that his side doesn't pick up injuries, this is where the chasing pack could catch The Blues due to the better depth of their squads.  One of the chasing pack would be Man City of course, but with key players, Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero receiving red cards, even the depth of their squad is being tested.

It's hard to see past one of Manchester City or Chelsea in terms of who will become Premier League champions, but as mentioned earlier in my piece, Premier League titles aren't won in December. Having said all that (declaring Chelsea or Man City as champions), the remaining title contenders Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham would look to stake their claim for the Premier League title no doubt.

 
Ayyaz Malik

Hi guys, I am Ayyaz. I type by day and I type by night, I type what others are thinking. I eat, drink and sleep football (I think in that order) . Watching football is part of my five a day. They say money makes the world go round, yeah right we all know it's football that makes the world go round. I am a Manchester United fan for my sins.


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