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Saturday April 19, 2014 MYT 7:30:00 AM
Friday April 18, 2014 MYT 3:31:32 PM
by kng zheng guan
Jose Mourinho will exploit all the weaknesses in the Liverpool team. – AFP Photo
JUST like that, Chelsea are back in the title race – and, this time, destiny is in their own hands.
Sunderland’s heroic 2-2 draw against Manchester City in midweek all but eliminated the Citizens from the title race with just four matches remaining.
With that in mind, Chelsea have got to be in the driving seat.
I’m fairly certain that Liverpool supporters will strongly disagree with me, given how the Reds have been scoring goals for fun with their brilliant attacking football.
With just two points separating leaders Liverpool and second-placed Chelsea, both teams know what is in store: whoever wins all their remaining four matches, will be crowned the English Premier League champions.
Unfortunately, one of those three fixtures includes a Liverpool versus Chelsea clash on April 27. That, surely, is going to be the title-decider.
For what it’s worth, I believe the Reds deserve to win ... if they beat the Blues.
I firmly believe that playing boring football – and winning – tops playing beautiful football any time.
We don’t need beautiful free-flowing matches with loads of goals. Simple 1-0 wins in our next four matches will do just fine, thank you – especially since our strikers are kind of goal-shy.
And, lest everyone forgets, the Blues have that Jose Mourinho factor.
Say what you want about Jose – the Happy One, the Grumpy One, the Moaning One – at the end of the day, his tactics trump everyone else’s. Period.
That’s something Brendan Rodgers is still lacking as seen by the way Liverpool nearly blew a 2-0 lead against Man City before finally scrambling to a 3-2 win.
Mourinho is bound to exploit that weakness in the Red armour.
But, of course, the Blues have to focus on the job at hand – beat Sunderland today and up the ante.
The Black Cats may have stolen a point off City last time out, but they are still playing like a team consigned to relegation and Chelsea’s experience should just about make the difference.
It would be nice to see more of Demba Ba, though.
It may be a little too late for the Senegal striker to play himself into Jose’s future plans, but a game or two more will not hurt his reputation.
With Eden Hazard still not fully recovered from his injury suffered against Paris St Germain a week ago, the attacking duties from midfield will fall on the shoulders of Oscar and Willian.
Whoever plays, or doesn’t play, what matters is a Chelsea win.
Keep The Blue Flag Flying High.
Kng Zheng Guan believes the glorifying of Steven Gerrard is laughable because Gerrard may be an excellent player but is not saint and not shy of the dark arts too.
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