Clearly this entire fanpost is an extreme hypothetical, but I noticed after the Sunderland game that Chelsea have 58 points, with 7 games to go; meaning a maximum of 79 points. Manchester United, the league leaders, are currently on 77 points, meaning a win at Manchester City this evening would mathematically cancel any chance of Chelsea finishing in first; admittedly a goal we gave up on around late November.
However, if United were to lose against City, there is a plausible chance of Chelsea overcoming them- though with 7 games to go, United would still only need 1 win. Their fixture list of Stoke A, West Ham H, Aston Villa H, Arsenal A, Chelsea H, Swansea H, West Brom H looks unyielding to Chelsea’s benefit, and there are 4 or 5 expected wins on paper- however; Stoke and West Ham are still looking to avoid relegation, and will be more motivated than an already-decelerating United side. Arsenal and West Brom will both be in the mix for a European place, while Chelsea have shown four times this season that they can (referee permitting) beat United.
This leaves Swansea as the only team with nothing to play for on United’s run-in; though the points totals mean we can still afford for two United draws- most likely West Ham and Swansea.
At this point, I can picture your rolling eyes- Even if this does, by some miracle, happen, Chelsea will never win seven consecutive games. Another wishful look at the fixture list actually presents seven winnable games: Fulham A, Liverpool A, Tottenham H, Swansea H, United A, Aston Villa A, Everton H- while it is hard to imagine Chelsea will win all of these, it is no stretch to say that they could win all of these.
In conclusion, as the clock ticks faster on a season mostly filed in the Total Failure category, we can still, for at least another few hours, savour the possibility of the greatest comeback in sporting history.
(also, if winning the league is still possible, the actual target of a Top 4 finish does not look too imposing either)