Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas thinks his side are back in the title race after beating Manchester City last night.
Is he right, or is he putting far too much stock in a single result? GMF is keen to explore the reasons as to why he may be correct.
We have chosen five of what we think are the most prominent reasons and here they are:
That is the amount of points between Chelsea and leaders Manchester City after the Blues win at Stamford Bridge. Andre Villas-Boas is correct with his comments as, historically, this deficit is “nothing” and there have been many greater comebacks.
Arsenal overcame an 11-point difference to snatch the league from Manchester United in the 1997/98 season. Similarly, United overhauled Newcastle in 1995/96 despite being a whopping 12 points behind.
The Ivory Coast international seems to have come out of the malaise that had hung over him for most of 2011.
This may have been brought on by the slow recovery from a bout of Malaria he suffered around this time last year, the concussion he sustained against Norwich early in the season or the £50million arrival of Fernando Torres in January.
Whatever it was, Drogba was not looking himself for some time. He seems to have rediscovered his magic recently though and capped this with a brace in the defeat of Valencia, which secured the Blues' Champions League knockout berth.
If Chelsea can all on a fit and in form Drogba they may possibly have the deadliest attacking weapon in the race for the Barclays Premier League title.
The young Portuguese came to Chelsea on a wave of triumph after he led Porto to a record-breaking season in Portugal and the Europa League.
He may have found life difficult in his early experiences as a Barclays Premier League manager, but he seems to have come in to his own the past couple of weeks.
He has created a Mourinho-esque ‘Us and Them’ atmosphere at Chelsea by rallying against the coverage his team are getting. His compatriot used this acttic often when at Stamford Bridge to help galvanise the squad and two league titles in a row is testament to its effectiveness.
The rest of the league will have to be wary now Chelsea have returned to winning ways, as if there is anything ‘AVB’ has proven in his short career it is that he knows how to win.
Chelsea’s stuttering start to the season was put down to a myriad of reasons and, as ever, it was the subject of much debate. The most convincing of these was that Chelsea’s slightly ageing squad were unable to adapt to Andre Villas-Boas’ preferred system.
It soon became clear that some of the incumbent squad were not wanted by the Portuguese and there have been countless rumours of possible replacements since – highlighted by the departure of Nicolas Anelka to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.
Should a clear out be imminent in January then there are few other clubs who can compete with the chequebook of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich
The Russian billionaire has proved in the past he is willing to spend big to achieve success and he may be ready to bankroll a new ‘AVB’ inspired revolution.
Probably the most important factor of all is that most of the Chelsea squad have been there before. There are few things more valuable in a title race where the pressure can become too much for some.
The age of the current squad has been heavily criticised, but it could be just that which pushes them on to glory.
A mixture of youth in players like Daniel Sturridge and Oriol Romeu, could be perfectly complimented by the nous of old hands such as John Terry and Didier Drogba.
What do you think will be the most crucial reason? Do you think these are legitimate reasons at all? Whatever you think, leave a comment to let us know.