Fifteen goals scored, four conceded. Unfortunately for Chelsea, the last five games have not been a walk in the park. In fact, it may have been more of a wakeup call. It was five games ago when Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan side knocked the Blues out of the Champions League. In the immediate aftermath they went on to drop points in the league in a 1-1 draw at Blackburn before demolishing lowly Portsmouth. Confidence was back and the Champions League exit meant they were probably feeling fresh. Aston Villa were the sufferers as Frank Lampard notched four in a 7-1 win. Then, the big one. A trip to Old Trafford and a potentially title deciding match against Manchester United. Chelsea outplayed their rivals and came away with all three points in contentious fashion. None the less, a win is a win, and it was no more than they deserved.
More importantly to Chelsea fans will probably be the manner in which they have been winning. Ok, five goals against Portsmouth may not have surprised many people but how about seven against Villa? That is just one less than Villa had conceded in the league since the turn of the year! They did it without Didier Drogba as well. A surprise choice to start the battle of Old Trafford on the bench but certainly a decision that was vindicated come the final whistle. Drogba came off the bench to put his side 2-0 up despite the inept ability of the linesman to realise he was over a yard offside. It stood, and Chelsea took a huge step towards the Premier League title.
The FA Cup semi-final awaits this weekend where it will again be Villa the Blues look to destroy. After that they face tricky trips to White Hart Lane and Anfield, but if they can come through those then I can only see the Premier League trophy ended up in their hands in May.
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