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Chelsea loanee Victor Moses slays Manchester City, reignites Premier League title race

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Manchester City will not run away with the title.

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Maybe that headline is a bit strong.  Especially from a Chelsea perspective.  You must excuse us; we're feeling a bit bullish.  The adrenaline and the joy from following Diego Costa into war has yet to wear off.

Also, if this goal doesn't elicit a strong reaction, you might want to check if you still have a pulse.  I'm pretty sure Victor Moses (that's Super Secret Loanee Agent Victor Moses to you!) created a ripple in the fabric of spacetime to magic that ball into a gap that doesn't actually exist in real life.  It was the first goal Manchester City have conceded in the Premier League this season.

As you probably already know by now, City went on to lose 2-1 at home, ending their unbeaten run and perfect record.  Shock the system.  Relight the fire.

It would appear that West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has his counter-attacking gameplan perfected to an absolute T.  He's 3-for-3 so far this season away from home, and those three were trips to Arsenal (2-0), Liverpool (3-0), and Manchester City (2-1).  That's one goal conceded, if you're keeping track, in three matches at the Emirates, the Etihad, and Anfield.  Meanwhile, they gave up 4 to Bournemouth at home.  Down is up, up is down in the Slaven Bilic experience.  Still, with the three points today, West Ham move up to second, ahead of Leicester City on goal difference.  Manchester United could overtake them both with a win tomorrow.

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More importantly, as nobody really expects West Ham or Leicester to stay up there long-term, Chelsea are "only" 8 points off the pace now despite only starting our season this week.  Other contenders are even closer.  Eight points is a sizable gap of course, but it's smaller than eleven.  (Science!)  It's also worth remembering that last season, it was the exact same gap that we first lost (in December) to City, then re-created (in January) to City.  And it's only September!

Nothing's won; nothing's lost yet.  As Mourinho said last week, for us to get back into the race, we'll have to take care of our own business and have a few results elsewhere go in our favor.  So thanks for that, Victor Moses, Slaven Bilic, and the rest of the East London crew!  Keep up the good work.  (West Ham don't come to the Bridge until March, by which time they will have reverted to expectations, probably.)