Arsene Wenger said in an interview that any manager who downplays their side's ability to win the title will do so out of "a fear to fail."
Surely, this is a barb at Jose Mourinho, who has recently tipped Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester City individually to win the title.
Wenger's got a point - Mourinho does have Chelsea in pole position despite dropping points to West Brom, but yet persists on downplaying his side's chances of winning.
"Only Chelsea can lose now," Wenger told the Daily Star, "all the other teams can win it."
Perhaps the 'Special One' fears not being so special after all? Or is he just playing mind games?
Wenger notes that "it is very difficult when you are first in the league to distract people," as Mourinho is frequently guilty of. Yet, Mourinho also makes a compelling argument as to why Chelsea shouldn't be considered favorites.
"I am sure it is a four horse race now," he told the Daily Mail (reprinted in The Telegraph), and he may be right. While no one can dispute the world class status of Chelsea's midfield and its superstar Eden Hazard, the Blues are hurting for a striker.
Fernando Torres coming back from injury helps, but even with the Spaniard Chelsea's striker stable has contributed only 11 goals (six from Eto'o, four from Torres and one from Ba).
This rather mediocre (at best) statistic is likely a contributor to Mourinho's attitude.
When asked by The Guardian if he thought Chelsea were going to finally win another Premier League title, he responded: "I don't agree. We lost points at home against West Brom, against West Ham, we lost at Stoke, we lost at Newcastle."
What plagued Chelsea through those matches was a lack of clinical finishing.
What Chelsea need is an adequate replacement for Didier Drogba, something they still have yet to find. Romelu Lukaku may be it, but Chelsea fans will have to wait until next season (again) to see if they've found another Belgian superstar.
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