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A lookback at Chelsea season

A few things jump out when we look at the final premiere league table. The most significant and the most important one being that we scored 30 less goals than both the teams that ended above us. The thing that kept us so close to the title race was being the meanest defense in the league. In that sense Mourinho got it spot on when he mentioned in an interview that we HAD (not want) to employ defensive strategies because we did not have the necessary fire power up top.

(Chelsea)

Scores

(Chelsea)

Points

(Liverpool)

Scores

(Liverpool)

Points

(Man City)

Scores

(Man City)

Points

Performance against top 3 (18 points to give)

1

Manchester City

3 - 1

6

4 - 4

3

2

Liverpool

4 - 1

6

4 - 4

3

3

Chelsea

1 - 4

0

1 - 3

0

4

Arsenal

6 - 0

4

5 - 3

3

7 - 4

4

11

5

Everton

1 - 1

3

7 - 3

4

6 - 3

6

13

6

Tottenham

5 -1

4

9 - 0

6

11 - 1

6

16

7

Manchester United

3 -1

4

4 - 0

6

7 - 1

6

16

8

Southampton

6 - 1

6

3 - 1

3

5 - 2

4

13

9

Stoke

5 - 3

3

6 - 3

6

1 - 0

4

13

10

Newcastle

3 - 2

3

4 - 3

4

6 - 0

6

13

Points vs Top 10

39

35

39

Goals For - Against

36 - 11

43 - 21

48 - 18

11

Crystal Palace

2 -2

3

6 - 4

4

3 - 0

6

13

12

Swansea

2 - 0

6

6 - 5

4

6 - 2

6

16

13

West Ham

3 - 0

4

6 - 2

6

5 - 1

6

16

14

Sunderland

5 - 5

3

5 - 2

6

2 - 3

1

10

15

Aston Villa

2 -2

3

3 - 2

4

6 - 3

3

10

16

Hull

4 - 0

6

3 - 3

3

4 - 0

6

15

17

West Brom

3 - 3

2

5 - 2

4

6 - 3

6

12

18

Norwich

3 -1

4

8 - 3

6

7 - 0

4

14

19

Fulham

5 -1

6

7 - 2

6

9 - 2

6

18

20

Cardiff

6 - 2

6

9 - 4

6

6 - 5

3

15

Points vs Bottom 10

43

49

47

Goals For - Against

35 - 16

58 - 29

54 - 19

Total Points

82

84

86

Total Goals For - Against

71 - 27

101 - 50

102 - 37

Although we touted our record against the top two teams, Man City did not do necessarily worse than us when it came to getting points against the top half with similar points as to that of Chelsea. No premier league team were able to do a double against Chelsea while West Brom were the team that we got fewest points (2) against in oure two matches. The only team that did a double against Liverpool and Man City was Chelsea. Sunderland have been on form against top teams at the end of the season and they helped in holding City back by just giving away 1 point in the season. Chelsea managed to do the double over 7 teams, Liverpool against 8, and City against 10 teams.

From the last column we can see that although Fulham were the worst (18), Manchester United and Tottenham were also horrendous when it came to playing against the top 3 teams by surrendering 16 out of a total of 18 points while the teams that performed the best were unsurprisingly Aston Villa and Sunderland with 10/18 points each.

Title run in (Last 10 games)

Team

Chelsea

Liverpool

Man City

Points(W-D-L)

19 (6 - 1 - 3)

25 (8 - 1 - 1)

23 (7 - 2 - 1)

No of Matches

15 matches (10 EPL, 5 CL) in 64 days

10 games (EPL) in 56 days

10 games (EPL) in 47 days

Days/Match

4.26

5.6

4.7

The title run in of the last 10 games also took its toll against Chelsea. While Liverpool never had any other commitments Man City had already been knocked out of Europe and were not in any cup competition during the last 10 games as well, although they did have games in hand that they needed to play. Meanwhile Chelsea played the 2nd leg of Galatasaray, 2 games against PSG and 2 against Atletico Madrid which certainly did not help our cause. From the above table we can see that Chelsea had the least amount of rest per games during the run in. If Liverpool and City make a deep run in CL next season we can hope that there will be a level playing field.

Over all this has been a really good but still a disappointing one given how close we came. But I guess I will just take satisfaction from how the Liverpool fans must be feeling after this season and take comfort by taking a bath in their river of tears. After some good signings this summer which should allow us to bring down the 30 goals gap between us and City we should be well in line to win everything next year. Also happy that our record of most goals in a season was not broken. What do you think?

Have a blue summer or winter, depending upon where you live :-)

This FanPost was contributed by a member of the community and was not subject to any sort of approval process. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions held by the editors of this site.

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