Chelsea can still be hopeful of retaining the title

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As much as it is a shock to see Chelsea's position in the table in November, when you consider they have been at the top of the tree for the past 18 years, to paraphrase the DNA-curious singer, Tom Jones: ''It's not unusual to the eyes of many fans.'' Having spent quite some time looking at league tables from the past, this is actually quite a common position for the boys from Stamford Bridge.

Before the influx of riches from Matthew Harding and Roman Abramovich, the Blues had the odd season mixing with the top ten, not to mention spells in the second tier. But bottom half, 15th, 16th position in the top division is the kind of territory the club have occupied for much of its history. So from that perspective, it's not so alien to see them in their current predicament.

As it is, for a club of their stature for the past two decades, it is still shocking. But fear not Blues fans, those days of mediocrity are not about to return with a vengeance. The league title is within your grasp, but only if your team can emulate the form of the 2005 vintage in Jose Mourinho's first spell.


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Not since the re-introduction of the 38 game league season from 1995-96 has a club won the title losing more than six matches - the total the Blues have already lost in their first 11 of this campaign.

If Chelsea gain the exact same number of points from now until the end of the season as the tally yielded from their 12th game onwards in the 2004-05 campaign, then they will finish with 80.

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Pretty far-fetched considering how out-of-sorts they look; and the fact that on only five occasions has a side won the Premier League with 80 points or less (although, going by average points per match, in 1992-93 Manchester United would have ended up with 76 points if it was a 38 game season rather than the 84 they obtained from their 42 matches).

But it is still possible. They just need to improve their defending, clearing, heading, passing, crossing, shooting, positioning, fitness, communication, discipline, effort, personal relations, stop moaning, stop blaming referees, stop making excuses and set up a WhatsApp group between themselves to discuss ways of turning it around, just like Barcelona last January after their defeat to Real Sociedad.

That led to a treble of honours for the Catalans and that's all Chelsea need to do, that's all it takes. Not too much to ask for is it?

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