Jose Mourinho said that in any other league Chelsea's title hopes would be over, after the defeat at Stamford Bridge by Crystal Palace. It meant that Jose had only suffered his second defeat at the Bridge in 100 league games.
Chelsea now lie eight points behind last season's runners-up, a steep mountain to climb even for Mourinho. They have been far from convincing so far this season having collected just four points, with only one of those picked up on home soil.
One of the biggest problems Mourinho has so far this year is the men he has counted on for years are letting him down with regularity. John Terry has well below par, same goes for Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic isn't quite the imposing figure in the middle of midfield.
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The 'spine' and 'core' of the team is just quite frankly, failing him.
Mourinho knows this. But the question is: has he left it too late to do anything about it this season?
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The answer is, yes. Eight points behind with 34 games to go isn't a massive turnaround in the grand scheme of things. However, it's the manner in which they are playing and their defeats. They don't look the threat that they normally are in all areas, they lack intensity and conviction required to be a potent threat in the Premier League.
However, let's not forget it's Chelsea and Mourinho we are talking about here. These players haven't become bad players over night and there is no doubting there will be a streak of results where they look unbeatable and settle into that groove of 'getting results'.
But it's just too far, considering City look mightily impressive and Sergio Aguero hasn't even hit form yet, confounded with the arrival of Kevin De Bruyne, the title already looks like its going to have light blue ribbons on it come May.
One thing that is in Mourinho's favour: the international break. It is exactly what Chelsea, the players and Mourinho need. It gives him valuable time to actually assess.
Come May, the title shall either be at City or by some form of Mourinho magic back at the Bridge.
The question remains how much magic has he got left?
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