By Prince Dulzy
With 12 games to go, here are some reasons why I think Chelsea can have the best results in the remaining games to win the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League.
1. Manchester City Loss to Liverpool
The Reds took the lead through a sensational Jordan Henderson goal, the midfielder cutting inside on the break – capitalising upon a Vicent Kompany error – to curl a powerful long-ranger well out of the reach of Joe Hart into the top corner.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men got back into it through Edin Dzeko’s equaliser in the 25th minute but Liverpool’s dominance told as the second half wore on, Coutinho plundering the winner with an astonishing thunderbolt into the corner of the net from the left flank.
The result sees Manchester City remain five points behind leaders Chelsea having played a game more.
2. The Mourinho Factor
I am the special one, said the laudable Jose Mourinho. He has done it before and he can do it again.
He is a psychologist while Pellegrini is an engineer. When the pressure becomes high he mixes coaching theory with motivational and psychological techniques. The other simply uses calculation.
Both had experience of coaching Real Madrid, both were sacked. One stayed in la Liga to coach Malaga, the other wanted a new challenge, therefore, masterminded his return to the Bridge.
“If they get rid of me, I won’t be going to coach Malaga,” Mourinho smugly stated. “I will go to a big club in the Premier League or Serie A,” he added.
The Mourinho factor, he gets whatever he wants. He can win with pressure.
3. Chelsea Mentality and Consistency
They do not concede goals and the versatility of Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta is made even stronger by the arrival of Filipe Luis.
Nemanja Matic to hold and Courtois behind them.
Defensively they look solid, while possessing the best attack in the division at the moment. Big and strong is the Blues.
4. Mourinho’s three season trophy-less
The last time Jose won a trophy was in 2012 with Real Madrid when they won the Spanish Super Cup. Before that he had guided Real Madrid to winning the Cope del Rey in 2010/11 season and La Liga in 2011/12 season.
Before that he had a successful stint with Internazionale, guiding them to an unprecedented treble – Lo Scudetto, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League in 2009/10 season.
Jose officially moved to Stamford Bridge on 10 June 2013 and had not won any trophy since then. Going trophy less last season means it’s been two seasons running where Jose has not lifted any trophy.
I would find it hard to believe if Jose would want to go trophy less for the third season.
He has the chance to end this when they meet Spurs on 1 March for the League Cup Final at Wembley stadium.