Why the Premier League title really is Chelsea’s to lose

Although Manchester City are only five points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, it would be a real surprise if Mourinho’s side managed to slip up in the race for the title this season. Jose Mourinho has expertly crafted a balanced team that has class all over the pitch.

The 5-0 victory over Swansea City at the weekend represents exactly why Chelsea are favourites for the league. The Welsh side were totally outclassed by the Blues, with moments of exquisite one-touch passing and clinical finishing dominating Garry Monk’s side.

If Chelsea fail to win the league, Mourinho will view it as a failure with the players he has available. According to Squawka data, Chelsea have three of the top ten Premier League performers so far this season. Eden Hazard, John Terry and Cesc Fabregas are the trio that feature.

However, players such as Nemanja Matic – the top tackler in the league – and Diego Costa are also worth a mention. In fact, when Premier League data is analysed, Chelsea players seem to lead the way in almost every stat. Diego Costa has scored the most goals, Fabregas has provided the most assists and Eden Hazard has recorded the most amount of key passes and take-ons in the league so far.

Chelsea have the most goals from set piece situations (13) which highlights the fact that they are not only a team who can play the attractive side of the game, they are also well drilled. This organisation bodes well for Chelsea in a defensive sense, they have conceded just 19 goals so far this season, a total that can only be bettered by Southampton (16).

Mourinho’s side also have one of the best squads in the league, with title rivals Manchester City the only side that have similar strength in depth across the entire starting eleven. Big names such as Andre Shurrle, Felipe Luis, Petr Cech and Ramires have struggled for game time this season.

If you’re going to win the league, a very good squad can only take you so far. But Chelsea still have one of the finest managers in world football leading them. A man who has won almost everything wherever he has managed, Mourinho will be looking to win Chelsea’s first Premier League trophy since the 2009-10 season, when Carlo Ancelotti them to the title.

Chelsea came very close last season but eventually slipped away and Mourinho himself claimed that his side were not prepared enough to win it in 2013/14. This year is a different story, however, with the addition of Costa and Fabregas providing an attacking flourish to a team lacking a focal point last year.

Many backed the current side to go the whole season unbeaten due to the standard of football they played at the start of the season. Even though this is of course no longer achievable, Mourinho’s side still have the quality and the leadership to go all the way this season and take their crown back off Manchester City.