9 points behind, 42 points left
Chelsea are now nine points clear at the top of the Premier League, and by most people’s standards, the title race is over. As we bitterly remember from last season, a title race is painful to watch. But this season, we have a chance to mark the end of our tenure at White Hart Lane with a first league title in 56 years to add to our trophy cabinet – which has been collecting dust over the last nine seasons. No one is tipping us to catch Chelsea up, but the Spurs faithful always believe in the brilliant squad that Poch has put together.
OK, Chelsea’s next 14 matches do look as though – on paper – they might have the title sewn up within the next ten weeks. But most pundits fail to see any talent in those teams. Chelsea still need to play the likes of Burnley away, Swansea, Sunderland and West Brom, to name a few. These games could be potential banana skins for Antonio Conte’s men. If any month is a test for the Blues, it will be April. They will go head-to-head with Crystal Palace (apart from them), Manchester City, Bournemouth (away), Manchester United (away), Southampton, Everton (away).
Pulling Chelsea back is possible. Ask Kevin Keegan. If we head back to 1995-96, you will find that on Matchweek 24, Newcastle United also held a nine point lead over Manchester United, and a late season collapse saw the latter finish four points ahead of the former. It can be done.
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