Former Manchester United and Liverpool legend Michael Owen believes that the Premier League title race may not be the one horse race that everyone predicts.
The 34-year-old has expressed that the reigning champions, Manchester City can simply not be taken out the equation on the back of two superb wins against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and high flying Southampton.
The ex-England international outlined that although it may be a massive hill to climb for Pellegrini’s side, it isn’t impossible and Man City are certainly no stranger to some late season drama at the top of the table.
Owen wrote on sportslobster.com: “With Chelsea failing to break down a resilient Sunderland and Manchester City earning a superb result away at in-form Southampton, the title race is looking like it may not in fact be over, bar the shouting.
“Admittedly, Manchester City have a sizeable gap to close but if they can maintain the kind of form, which saw them comfortably beat the team who were occupying second spot in the table, it may just be that Chelsea could find themselves under a little bit of pressure for the first time this season.”
Chelsea have made a near perfect start to the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, going unbeaten in their first 13 fixtures, some pundits have even gone as far as saying that they can achieve the record that the Arsenal invincibles did in the 2003/04 season… and then some.
However as with any Premier League title charge, there will be complications and hurdles to jump.
For most clubs, the chance of winning the quadruple and entering an elite band of clubs is something to relish and be excited for. Although the Blues have strength in depth in pretty much every position, injuries will start to appear and take its toll on the squad.
Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich’s main focus will always be the Champions League, so the gates may open for Man City if Chelsea were to go all the way.
Diego Costa is arguably the Premier League’s hottest prospect right now, getting off to a flyer scoring 11 goals for the Blues. However, if the Spaniard loses his eye for goal, Chelsea will struggle to find the net as frequently.
With everyone; fans, pundits and players alike shouting about the ‘new Invincibles’, the pressure and the occasion may get the better of the players at some point during the season.
You simply cannot forget the vital fact the City have been in this position and completed the impossible, to win the Premier League back in the 2011/2012 season.
Midweek games are key
Premier League winner Owen believes that the biggest clue to where the title will be heading this season, will be revealed at the end of the midweek games this week.
He wrote on sportslobster.com: “Wednesday night could prove to be a big night in this season's race for the title. Chelsea, who will be without Diego Costa, who is suspended, are due to entertain Tottenham, who are just beginning to look like they are adapting to their new manager's style of play.
“Manchester City will be treading in the footsteps of Chelsea, albeit hoping to pocket more points from their trip to the Stadium of Light.
“It isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that the lead at the top of the table could be down to just three points by the time the final whistles blow on Wednesday.”
Manchester City currently trail the league leaders Chelsea by seven points going into the midweek games.
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