Why the title race is far from over
Since their deconstruction at the hands of Arsenal back in September Chelsea have looked unstoppable, consistently formidable, and champions elect.
They have transformed themselves into a team where every component thrives within a system that the players have unshakable faith in. Coupled with their commanding lead at the top it has led to many prematurely handing the trophy to Antonio Conte and looking instead at the remaining three Champions League spots for their entertainment.
They shouldn’t. Not yet. The gap is presently nine points in early February, which certainly makes the Blues clear favourites but by no means nailed-on-certs to secure the coveted silverware.
It is far too early yet to retrieve the crown from Leicester’s cupboard and close the book on 2016/17.
For one thing, oh what short memories we have…