LONDON: The English Premier League crown will be within Chelsea’s grasp on Sunday (Monday in Manila) when they host Crystal Palace needing three points to become champions.
While their early-season free-flowing football has faded, Chelsea have unquestionably been the season’s stand-out team as they seek a first English title since 2010.
The circumstances of their last coronation were quite different, with a side steered by Carlo Ancelotti eviscerating Wigan Athletic 8-0 at Stamford Bridge on the campaign’s final day to set a new Premier League scoring record of 103 goals in a season.
The current Chelsea team have faced accusations that they are ‘boring’ over the past few weeks, following a run of seven wins by a single-goal margin and three draws.
But as manager Jose Mourinho has pointed out, they have won more games (24), been beaten fewer times (twice) and kept more clean sheets (16) than any other team. Only reigning champions Manchester City have out-scored them (70 to 68).
It has seen the League Cup-winners open up a 13-point gap over closest rivals City and Arsenal and Mourinho now just wants his players to finish the job.