Things have gone from bad to worse for Chelsea as they have allowed the gap between themselves and Manchester City to grow even bigger. Is the title race already done and dusted?
In the early stages of the Premier League season the reigning champions are looking like shadows of their former selves, recording only one win in the first four games. Although they often dominated against Crystal Palace, the visitors took their chances well and made the most of Chelsea’s main weakness at the moment – Branislav Ivanovic. A lot of The Eagles’ attacks came down the left hand flank, after Alan Pardew had clearly identified that the Serbian right-back was not on the top of his game. Ivanovic played such a key role in the last campaign, but this poor form will give Jose Mourinho good cause for concern, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him out of the starting line-up when the Premier League resumes after the international break.
It is clear there is a desperate need for a turnaround soon in what could end up being an even worse title defence than City’s was last season.
Things are looking a lot brighter for City fans, who were disappointed with their team’s efforts last season. This time out, though, the players are giving them a lot to smile about. From the first four games, City have claimed all 12 points available. And they have done it in style, too. No other team in England looks as dominant as City do at the moment and the fact that they haven’t conceded a goal yet, is testament to that dominance. Raheem Sterling opened his account for City against Watford and he could have had a few more if not for some great saves from Heurelho Gomes. The Watford defence had managed to keep two clean sheets prior to their trip to Manchester, but they were broken down eventually by the pure class of City.
As it stands, City look unstoppable, and they still have a couple of big signings yet to play. Kevin De Bruyne is sure to add extra class and creativity to the midfield, and Nicolas Otamendi will give Manuel Pellegrini even more strong options in defence. Although with four clean sheets already, it may be wise to leave things how they are for now.
When the Premier League returns on 12th September, will it be a change of fortune for Chelsea or more of the same? They could do with an easy fixture to come back to, but they won’t get that as they travel up north to face an Everton side that have looked very dangerous in attack so far. City travel in the other direction to face an exciting Palace side, who will be looking to pick up where they left off- with another giant-slaying.