With the season drawing to a close already, the conclusion is all but set in stone. Chelsea lead the table by a margin of seven points and have a game in hand over second-place Arsenal. That game in hand will come against Leicester City, rock bottom of the table, so those points are more or less assured.
It’s not over ‘til it’s over
Just ask Arsène Wenger, whose Arsenal side were five points clear at the top after only 15 matches last season. As we all know, they eventually had to push hard to finish the season in the top four.
In the most unpredictable league in the world, it’s never over until the maths confirms the new champions. If you doubt this point, imagine Chelsea lose their next match to Arsenal and both teams then lose their following games. This would leave Manchester United in a great position to mount a serious late title challenge.
What it takes to win
In theory, it should still be easy for Chelsea with the hard work behind them. The Blues lead the table and only need to take 12 points out of a remaining 21 to wrap up their fifth top flight championship.
Knowing that the title is now a mere formality, all the Blues need is an on-pitch leader to inspire the team to take the easy points and to provide the backbone to grind out results when the performances aren’t great.
Terry the league’s best
Take a look at the top Premier League clubs’ captains and it becomes clear why Chelsea will win the league. With the exception of perhaps Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, it has to be said that Chelsea have the best captain by a margin.
Terry has built his career on solid defence, good positioning, scoring important goals from corners in tough games, and leading at Stamford Bridge. Whilst managers have come and gone, Terry has remained the rock the team is built on.
Can another top team boast such an inspirational leader? Rooney apart, Arteta will struggle for game time in the current Arsenal squad when back to fitness, Gerrard will leave Anfield this summer and his replacement is still very much in doubt, 21-year-old Kane has struggle of late with the weight of the armband, meanwhile at Manchester City Kompany has been heavily criticised for failing to curb his team’s slide.
Terry will win the league
Now the season is finishing, Mourinho will be able to relax knowing that his team will fight to the end, never lose focus or lose silly points because Terry will carry the team’s mentality. This is a player who has won it all (three Premier Leagues, five FA Cups, the Europa League and Champions League as well as the League Cup and Community Shield).
Forget the star attackers for now; Costa, Hazard, Fabregas and co. have done their job. It is now down to Terry to ensure that Chelsea complete the job. Blues’ fans can rest assured that they have the best man for the job.