Crystal Palace came back to make it 3-3 in the dying embers of the penultimate match of the season against Liverpool on Monday night
After #Crystanbul (as Palace co-chariman Steve Parish put it), where does it leave Liverpool in the race for the title?
They thought they had it. We thought they had it. They practically did have it. After the Manchester City win, Brendan Rodgers had a 'wee' hand on the title.
While this display of confidence was snatching the press, Chelsea were digging out an old player who hadn't been on in a while. He was a pivotal component in a win against Barcelona in 2012 and had in fact contributed greatly in the Champions League final that season too. This was not Mark Schwarzer; this was Bus.
This Bus was fantastic; Liverpool didn't score at all and Chelsea snatched two goals.
"Tonight Matthew, I'm going to be bitter Liverpool fan!"
This was where it all went wrong. Did Liverpool have to go for glory? Did they have to win it in style? Is it acceptable for Liverpool to leave a game with less than 65% of the possession?
The answer is no. Liverpool could have stuck out a little and let Chelsea come to them. If Liverpool had won that game, they would have won at Crystal Palace later on. Simple as that.
But now, with Liverpool fans looking more uneasy than Sakho on the receiving end of a pass, the title is in Manchester.
However, miracles do happen and West Ham could beat City. Forget feeding the 5000; if Andy Carroll got past the two-goal mark this season that surely would make it into a republication of the bible.
When it's all said and done, "at least we won the passing".
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