Chelsea might have just seen their title dreams shattered after their 1-2 defeat to Sunderland on Saturday. With Liverpool winning 3-2 against a Norwich side fighting for their lives in the Premier League doesn't look like the Merseyside team is not dropping points any time soon.
Here are the reasons that Chelsea have lost the title this season
Chelsea once had the strike force that dominated England once with Drogba and Anelka but since the arrival of Fernando Torres it started to decline. This seasons strike force of Eto'o (9) Torres (4) and Ba (4) clearly shows that they haven't contributed enough. Liverpool's Suarez scored his 30th goal of the season in the Prem against Norwich showing what Chelsea need to win the league.
It also raises the question did Mourinho damage his chance at the start of the season by loaning out Lukaku who has had another fantastic season. It is clear that Chelsea need to bring in a striker who can score 30 goals alongside Lukaku and sell of their current strike forces because they are not premier league standard.
Injury To Hazard
The injury to Eden Hazard couldn't of come at a worse time every game at this stage of the season is crucial and without him playing you could tell how much of a loss he really is. Oscar, Salah and Willian started against Sunderland and at times they looked clueless on the ball as they struggled to break down Sunderland. Chelsea will be hoping Hazard is fit for the champions league clash with Madrid so that Chelsea have the flair and goals Hazard has produced all season.
He will also be needed for the crunch class with Liverpool which is a must win for Chelsea to have any realistic chance of winning the league and Hazard betters Chelsea's chances of winning.
Dropping easy points
Losses at Palace, Villa and now Sunderland there is 9 points there that could have Chelsea in pole position but sloppy performances have seen it almost ruin their chances of success. The players have been very poor against the small teams during the second half of the season mainly because the team are lacking goals like Liverpool and City not for the lack of trying but they cannot finish.
Mourinho mind games back firing
Jose Mourinho has played his teams chance of winning the league down claimed as the "small horse". Roberto Mancini used the same mind games when he beat United to the title on the last day victory over QPR but I think Mourinho should of been doing the opposite saying he's the favourite like the first time at Chelsea the dominance from Chelsea put fear into the other teams and they cruised to back to back titles.
This tactic might have psyched out his own players and made them believe they aren't good enough and constant criticism on strikers is not good for their confidence which they are seriously low on to start with.
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