Today has been a good day for Chelsea FC.
If you've been watching the media response to Liverpool's victory over Man City today, that might seem like a strange statement. Surely this all powerful Liverpool side have now all but lifted the Premier League title? Shouldn't we just hand them the trophy now and all head off for an early summer break?
Well let's just take a quick look at the actual numbers..
Before today Chelsea were 2 points behind Liverpool, and 2 points ahead of City with City having 2 games in hand. Both having considerably better goal differences than our own.
A win for City and we really could have just handed them the title. With their run in consisting of Sunderland, West Brom, Palace, Everton, Villa and West Ham the only place they could be expected to drop points would be against the mean defense of the Evertonians. A draw wouldn't have been much better in all honesty. We'd still need City to lose to Everton, and despite being possible it's certainly not a result I'd place bets on.
Instead we've been handed the best chance possible to overhaul both. City have not only just been beaten by a title rival, but their best player has picked up a knock and their star striker is still not fully match fit. Make no mistake, today must have been a huge hit to their confidence. In pure numerical terms, any points they drop between now and the end of the season could mean their title race is done.
Liverpool meanwhile are now being prematurely crowned as champions by their fans and the media alike. The infamous Liverpool arrogance hasn't reached this level for over 20 years, and we all know how dangerous over confidence can be.
Before today the likelihood of a Chelsea title was pretty far fetched. The points we threw away at Villa and Palace made the title seemed little more than a pipe dream. After today our destiny is still not yet completely in our own hands, but a single slip by City (a draw at Everton will do nicely) and the title is ours to grasp or throw away.
Oh and for those of you who enjoy a little schadenfreude, just days after his comments about how the teams who score the most goals should win the league, Manuel Pellegrini's title chances now rest on us beating Liverpool. Priceless..