On a night when Paris Saint-Germain was on the receiving end of the greatest comeback in Champions League history, in the second greatest game ever witnessed at the Camp Nou after Chelsea’s 2-2 draw there in 2012 — surely, ever Barcelona goal scored (and there were six of them) was one step closer to Marco Verratti’s impending exit, right? — there were significant events happening over in the England as well.
Or not happening, as it were the case, as Manchester City failed to score even in a single goal against Stoke City at the Etihad, thus settling for a 0-0 draw and just the single point to bring them level with Spurs in second place, just ten (TEN!) points behind leaders Chelsea. Thanks, Agent Stokerinos and Chelsea legend Jonny Walters.
So, with all the top four on 27 matches played, here’s the state of the Premier League with 11 games to go.
With Arsenal imploding, United treating draws like we’re back in the two-point era, and Liverpool being Liverpool, our biggest worry at the moment, other than self-inflicted catastrophe, are Spurs putting a good run together thanks in part to their easy fixture list.
To guarantee the title, Chelsea need 24 points from the remaining 11 games. That’s 8 wins, or 7 wins and 3 draws. Just have to keep on working, and fighting, and paying great attention.