The Premier League is labelled as one of the toughest, most unpredictable and by a long stretch the most entertaining of all the top European League competitions. Reigning champions in the major Leagues around Europe such as the Bundesliga and Ligue One have made it the norm to impose their will on opposing teams, with Bayern Munich and Paris St Germain at the helm of their respective league standings.
In England however the cut-throat competition has no respect for anyone, not even the reigning champions. Chelsea have been at their most calamitous this season, having drawn 2 and lost 4 of their last 8 Premier League games. The results have left owner Roman Abramovich in a state of disarray, with considerable pressure compounding on Jose Mourinho to either produce the needed result or face the sack. Already two Premier League managers in Dick Advocaat of Sunderland and Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool have collected their P45, and Mourinho knows he is steadily running out of time.
Speaking during a press conference ahead of their visit to Watford, Arsene Wenger revealed as recorded on Arsenal.com that he didn’t care much about the title chances of his cross town rivals, considering he has his own team to keep him up at night.
I don’t know. I don’t care too much about that. My worries are about my team and what we can do. We are two points behind the leaders and what all the other teams do is up to them. What I just want to say is mathematically you cannot rule anyone out at the moment.
They have some ground to make up. It is different to anybody out there at the moment, even Chelsea. Of course when you have many teams in front of you it is difficult to catch up but they have the quality.
You get what you deserve, so goes the saying. Chelsea are 16th in the league standing because their match displays merit that position. It would take a miracle for the Blues to even qualify for Europe considering the tight margins of the competition this season: Retaining the title is utterly and completely out of the picture.
Conversely, Arsenal have a good chance to put the pressure on Manchester City with a win over Watford this evening so COYG!