It seems like an age since Chelsea fans have
enjoyed Premiership football but, without kicking a ball, Ancelotti’s team had
their lead at the top of the table consolidated yesterday.
With no disrespect towards either Everton or Birmingham, nobody would have dreamed that both would get results against Arsenal and Man Utd respectively.
Chelsea now have a one point lead over Utd with a game in hand and three points over Arsenal who, for the first time I can remember in months, have played the same number of games as the Stamford Bridge club.
Points in the bag is almost always preferable to games in hand, but a strong showing against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge next weekend – when Arsenal face a tricky trip to the Reebok – could help Chelsea reassert themselves as favourites for the title despite a turgid December.
Depending on when the Hull game is rescheduled for of course, Chelsea probably also garnered another benefit from the postponing of their own game – in all likelihood that’s one less fixture the Blues will have to contest without Drogba and the rest of the African contingent. Get the game rescheduled for February – but before the Champions League resumes – and it could have all worked out perfectly for Ancelotti’s men.
Of course, had the Hull game not been postponed on Saturday due to the weather conditions (nothing to do with the pitch, incidentally) Chelsea could have been sitting on a four point cushion today. Whether the weather was actually significant enough reason to put football on hold is a debate I’ll leave to one side, but at least the ‘elf and safety people got to have a field day…