Jose Mourinho showed why he is the best manager in football with his team's display against Liverpool.
"The team played perfect no mistake," were the words Mourinho used to describe his team's fantastic victory to keep themselves in the title race.
Mourinho has many tactics of his career carefully documenting them from day one to provide cover for any opponent and the one he deployed against Liverpool was his best one yet. Many people call it "ugly football" but in truth it is a good solid performance the aim of the game is to score goals and not concede Chelsea did both against Liverpool.
Chelsea rested a few players for the Champions League game against Athletico Madrid and everyone had believed that Liverpool form would demolish their side but Mourinho still had a good team but with the strength in depth Chelsea have it was always clear a so called B team would cause a problem.
The main factor for Chelsea's success was down to the big three in midfield: Mikel, Matic and Lampard dominated the middle of the park and Mikel did brilliantly to keep Suarez isolated causing Liverpool frustration and shooting from distance causing very little penetration at Schwarzer's goal.
Demba has stepped up since Mourinho has given him the chance to shine he sent them through against PSG won the game at Swansea and scored the first goal after Steven Gerrard's slip. This was a big point in the match end of the first half all the possession to Liverpool and Ba took advantage which shifted the momentum to Chelsea.
Liverpool poor in the final third
Suarez was stopped through the whole game and any attempt at making good passes from Coutinho were cancelled out by debutant Kalas who was fantastic. They tried to change it with the introduction of Sturridge but he wasn't fully fit and couldn't exploit the flanks with his pace maybe lacking match fitness. The second half saw plenty of on-target long shots but they fell into the 'keeper's hands too many times.
What now for the league?
Its' all wide open right now. Manchester City's win at the weekend has left them in a great position - if they win all their games they are the champions, but Chelsea are still in with a chance even with Mourinho saying they aren't. Liverpool need to regroup and hope their rivals Everton can put the breaks on Man City's final charge.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU