Forget about the blues at least for now because everything’s turning up rosy again for Chelsea.
Prior to hosting Southampton, they were beaten by Manchester United, but Antonio Conte’s men simply know how to rebound – in a massive way.
Playing for pride and honour in front of their rabid fans at Stamford Bridge, the Blues battered the Saints 4-1 and just like that, they are strongly back on track tow inning this season’s Premier League title.
So what may have been the cause of the Blues’ upsurge since that loss to United?
If you may agree, it was their huge 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semifinal on Saturday that stoked the fire back in them.
Eden Hazard opened scoring for the Blues with the match just five minutes old in a sign of good things to come.
After Oriol Romeu, a former Blues player, replied for the Saints in the 24th, Gary Cahill restored the lead back to the hosts in the 46th. Cahill was back after missing Chelsea’s match due to illness.
And then Diego Costa rediscovered his scoring touch to knock in a double – in the 53rd and 89th—with a consolation goal from another ex-Chelsea man, Ryan Bertrand, for the visitors in the 94th sealing the final count.
Costa thus netted his 50th goal in the league in the 53rd and it was his first in eight games. His second goal gave him 20 in all competitions.
Even John Terry, who will leave Chelsea after this season, had a brief late appearance for his first league match since the same cameo role against Everton last November 5.
His presence was fittingly rewarded by Chelsea faithful who saluted their veteran captain.
So after this win over the visiting Saints, Chelsea piled more pressure, and perhaps misery, on the Spurs with the latter facing the tough job of wiping out a seven-point deficit (78-71) in the Premier league table.
Chelsea have five matches remaining — against Everton (away), Middlesbrough (home), West Brom (away), Watford (home) and Sunderland (away) and must not let their guard down to avoid derailment.
Meanwhile, Tottenham’s pursuit starts with a must-win visit at Crystal Palace this Thursday, while their other remaining fixtures are against Arsenal (home), West Ham (away), Manchester United (home), Leicester City (away) and Hull City (away).
So is it still manageable for Spurs?
Yes of course, but only if the Blues suffer a monumental collapse down the stretch.
If not, give the trophy back to the Stamford Bridge side.