Chelsea Football Club seems to be moving in the right direction towards claiming the English Premier League crown, if the recent run of form is anything to go by. It is true that success in any football match relies much on the game plan, but sometimes luck and refereeing decisions have an impact on the results of the game. The 1-0 score line in the match between Chelsea and Everton on Wednesday night is evidence to this.
This game was marred by a series of controversial refereeing decisions and missed chances as Everton frustrated a well-assembled Chelsea team until Willian struck at the death to seal all the three points for the hosts. This helped Chelsea move 7 points clear of Manchester City, who are in the second position after a win against Stoke City.
The goalkeepers of the day had to do extra work as both teams looked hungry for goals. Petr Cech in particular made excellent saves that denied toffees the advantage in various occasions.
To add an insult to the injury, Gareth Barry was sent off, meaning that Everton were down to 10 men, and winning the game was slowly becoming a mountain to climb. Chelsea’s free flowing game characterized by thunderous strikes continued, and Tim Howard found himself making excellent saves, except the late Willian volley that he could do nothing about.
It is safe to say that Chelsea are now playing like champions, considering that they still win in the absence of their top scorer Diego Costa and midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas. In fact, Jose Mourinho, the current Chelsea manager was quick to send a warning to the other teams in the title race during the post match press conference. He said that winning the league does not come without dramatic last minute wins. We all know that football is unpredictable, and whether this warning stands or not is a wait-and-see case.