Can Chelsea win the 2017 Premier League title?
That was the biggest question that emerged right after Chelsea lost to Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford last Sunday.
It did not only throw the title race wide-open but piled more grinding pressure on the Blues as they attempt to regain glory in the league.
After the strikes of Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford put Antonio Conte’s men to the sword, Chelsea’s lead over closest rivals for the crown Tottenham was chopped to just four points with six important matches left to be contested.
As they lost for the second time in their last four games, having earlier suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace, the Blues are dangerously being threatened by the surging Spurs who are nibbling away at their once 10-point deficit.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are on a seven consecutive top-flight winning run, achieving this historic feat for the club following their 4-0 dismantling of AFC Bournemouth.
Good thing for Chelsea though at this juncture is that they are still in the lead.
Conte said they have only a “50-50‘’ chance of winning the title although we think it is just a way of downplaying their capability to weather this current storm.
The Blues will try to regroup and beat visiting Southampton in their next league match on April 26, whilst Tottenham aim to register their eighth consecutive victory when they visit Crystal Palace the day after.
Though the answer whether the Blues can reign supreme this season remains vague, a potential gauge could be the result of their FA Cup semifinal clash with the in-form Spurs on April 23.
This could be a difference-maker, a momentum-changing result for both the London sides.
Chelsea, then under manager Jose Mourinho, last won the EPL title in the 2014-15 season, reclaiming it with three games to spare after a 1–0 home win over Crystal Palace, with Eden Hazard scoring the winning penalty shot.
It was the Blues’ first league title since 2010, their fourth Premier League title and their fifth English league title overall.
This season, the Blues are again knocking on the door of the championship.
Conte simply wants the squad back to the apex.
This is doable or, if you may argue, easier said than done.