Atop the Premier League the gap is still there, don’t get me wrong, but as Chelsea fumbled at home against Burnley, Manchester City grabbed the opportunity to narrow the gap to 5 points. That is still a lot, especially when you’re playing catch up with Mourinho and his star-studded cast. However, City’s 5-0 dismantling of Newcastle was convincing, and even Edin Dzeko scored a fantastic goal.
The Special One was a Grumpy One after Chelsea dropped 2 points, not arguing with Matic’s sending off, but citing 4 situations where he felt Chelsea lost the game due to poor refereeing, though that last part was discretely veiled. More like hidden in plain sight, but that’s Mourinho’s game these days.
Next up for Chelsea is the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham. Back on New Year’s Day, Spurs and their HurriKane blew Chelsea away with a 5-3 win at White Hart Lane, but Spurs looked shady this weekend against London-rivals West Ham. Eventually they escaped with a lucky point after said Kane was given a soft penalty deep into stoppage time. A final at Wembley is always something special though, but Spurs are big underdogs. Can they provide the 15/4 upset?
Speaking of next Sunday, Liverpool will face Manchester City in their ever-promising quest for a Champions League spot. Yesterday they closed the gap with their away-win against Southampton, sitting just 3 points behind Arsenal in third. Coutinho’s early screamer set up a hard fought victory, although Saints had a few valid penalty appeals throughout the match.
As it stands now, we have a 5 team race on our hands for 2 Champions League spots. Of those 5, the Gunners are the only ones left in this year’s campaign. We have to say Arsenal was a bit lucky to escape with all 3 points on Saturday, as Crystal Palace made a proper late run for it. However, Glenn Murray could only hit the post off Bolasie’s astonishing cross 5 minutes into stoppage time.
Rest today, and enjoy the Champions League matches in mid week. Next weekend will be awesome. Sunday Funday!