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Chelsea can afford no more slip-ups this term

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As the Premier League moves into its final phase, the title race is still wide open, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal in contention to to be crowned champions at the end of the season.

It is evident that Chelsea have the upper hand in the title race, with Jose Mourinho's men four points ahead of joint-second Liverpool and Arsenal and six points ahead of fourth placed City. However, both Arsenal and Liverpool have a game in hand on the league leaders whilst Manchester City have three games in hand.

Although many would claim that having games in hand is an advantage for those behind Chelsea, it can be viewed as a double edged sword as they can not afford to drop any points if they want to keep up the pressure.

Mourinho knows that his team are in pole position to claim only their fifth League trophy in their 109 year existence. However, after Chelsea's shock defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday, it was clear that Mourinho's men do not have the League wrapped up yet.

Even though the unfair dismissal of Willian put Chelsea at an numerical disadvantage against the Villains, it was worrying to see the west London side's forwards once again offer no concrete attacking threat against a team who have struggled to establish their own safety in the Premier League, let alone a mid-table finish.

Another toothless display from the dismal Fernando Torres shows why Mourinho will have to search for another striker or two in the summer transfer window. Mourinho's other options, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o, have not fared much better than Torres this season. However, they have offered a little bit more of a goal threat, with Ba scoring twice against Tottenham in a 13 minute cameo and Eto'o popping up with a few important goals, such as his hat trick against Manchester United. However, none of them can guarantee 20+ goals in a season for the Blues and their performances this term have not exactly lit up Stamford Bridge.

The performances of Liverpool will have Chelsea looking nervously over their shoulders, with Brendan Rodgers' men easily defeating current league champions Manchester United. City and Arsenal have not looked as bright as they were at the start of the season, although they have both managed to stay in touch with Chelsea and Liverpool with some gritty displays in recent weeks.

They will also benefit from early exits from the Champions League, although the Gunners have an FA semi final against Wigan to contend with. Meanwhile, Chelsea face Galatasary in their second leg of the European tie on Tuesday.

After that, they face Arsenal on Saturday in a match that will have a significant impact on the title race. However, after their match with their London rivals, Chelsea's remaining fixtures in the League are against Stoke, Crystal Palace, Swansea, Sunderland, Norwich, Cardiff and a potential title decider with in form Liverpool.

Mourinho's sides have never been known to completely blow away teams, rather winning comfortably with slender one or two goal margins. However, Mourinho will need to find a way for his side to consistently score goals in order to make sure that they are crowned champions in May.   

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