Chelsea’s recent deservedly and convincingly defeats of Premier League champion Leicester City (3-0) and rival Manchester United (4-0) respectively – which saw them leapfrogged into the fourth position on the table – has suddenly made them one of the top favourites for the Premier League title again.
The London club humbled their former coach Jose Mourinho when he returned to the Stamford Bridge with his new club in what was only his second trip to the club as an opposition manager.
The Blues were among the top five clubs favoured to win the title at the start of this season but later missed out on a position in that category after a string of poor results that increased their odds of claiming the title.
Antonio Conte got introduced to the Premier League with three straight wins but had a taste of what the Premier League really is after a frustrating draw against Swansea (2-2) was followed by disappointing defeats to both Liverpool (1-2) and Arsenal (0-3).
But he was able to warm himself back to the heart of the fans after rumour of his potential sack with another three wins consecutively. His managerial ability will be put to test again when his side face a double-header with Tottenham and Manchester City on November 26th and December 3rdrespectively.
However, Chelsea’s last two results have made football pundits to consider them once again as a top contender for the title pegging their odd to win the title at 6/1. But it might be too early and even erroneous to ascertain their title credentials based on the results gotten from those matches given the fact the two they played against – Leicester City and Manchester United were not in their best form.
United have been complacent and have also been sloppy in their performances despite the presence of the world most expensive player, Paul Pogba and one of the world deadly strikerZlatan Ibrahimovic in the team. The same could be said of the defending champion Leicester who has also been finding it difficult to pull a string of decent results together.
The battle among the top five clubs is presently tough with just a point and goal difference separating them. Chelsea have struggled against more organized teams this season but the title can still become theirs to lose if they could maintain their good performances so far and get good results. It is obvious other teams will not rest on their oars to lay hold of the title. The season is still a long way to go.