Chelsea’s win over Watford means they continue to lead the Premier League title race ahead of Manchester City and Liverpool.
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Both Manchester City and Liverpool secured three points in midweek. The Reds thrashed their city-rivals Everton 4-1, while Manchester City secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
As things stand, Chelsea is still one point ahead of Manchester City and two points clear of Liverpool. The Blues recently dropped two points when they were held to a draw by Michael Carrick’s Manchester United.
Chelsea faces yet another tricky away game in the Premier League this weekend. The Blues will travel to East London to take on an in-form West Ham United side who, as things stand, is still in the top four.
Blues Had To Rode On Their Luck For A Large Part Of Their Game
Chelsea is scheduled to take on both Liverpool and Manchester City consecutively in the month of January.
The top end of the Premier League table remains the same after all the teams chasing the title won their matches on Wednesday. Chelsea recorded a narrow 2-1 victory over Watford, Manchester City defeated Aston Villa 2-1, and Liverpool pummeled Everton 4-1.
Of the three title contenders, though, Chelsea was the least impressive. The Blues had to ride their luck for a large part of their game. On another day, they could have lost.
Chelsea Risk Dropping Points In Subsequent Games When Form Continues
However, in the end, the gulf in quality between Thomas Tuchel’s side and the Hornets showed, as goals from Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech sealed the win.
Chelsea has been very good in recent months, but if their last two matches are anything to go by, then Tuchel must be a worried man.
The Blues were abject against Manchester United last week and once again didn’t rise to the occasion when they faced Watford at Vicarage Road. They were uncharacteristically passive and reactive instead of being proactive. The Hornets seized the initiative from the first minute and managed to push the London giants back into their own half.
Chelsea may have won, but this was one of their worst performances of the season. They risk dropping points in subsequent games if they repeat such a dire performance.
For a team that is unbeaten in their last 12 matches, it’s surprising how Chelsea has gone from playing high-octane football to being lethargic.
This is a team that is not known to be sloppy, but they’ve been playing without any form of momentum in their last two matches.
The truth is that they were lucky to win against Watford. However, they could get punished if they play the same way against opposition with more quality.
It can be argued that Chelsea was without several first-team players, and their absence affected their play. However, they can’t afford to go to sleep in such a tight title race, especially with Manchester City and Liverpool lurking around.