It was the worst possible result for Chelsea against Manchester City yesterday, as it put Roberto Mancini’s men seven points ahead in second place. The worry now for Chelsea is that Arsenal are just two points behind in fifth place, while Tottenham are just one point behind and play their game in hand away to West Ham tonight. If Spurs win tonight they will feel like they have won the jackpot at an online casino and move into Third Place.
Carlos Tevez has made it quite clear he wants a move away from Manchester City, and it looked as though he was going to get his wish and seal a move to Corinthians, a move that would have made it possible for him to be closer to his family in Argentina.
That is not going to happen though, as the deal has collapsed due to the Brazilian side being unable to raise the necessary funds to secure Tevez’s signature. With the player demanding such a high wage and transfer fee there are not many clubs that could match both, but surely Chelsea are one of those.
Manchester City moved to within three points of the top of the table, and just one point behind Chelsea, with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bolton at the Eastlands.
Yet again it was Carlos Tevez who won the game for Man City by scoring as early as the fourth minute, but he ended the game in anger when Roberto Mancini substituted him in the 89th minute. Tevez reacted by pushing his manager out of the way and making it clear that he should have been left on the pitch for the last few minutes.
The Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been nominated for the PFA Player-of-the-Year award this season, which will be elected by the players themselves.
Wayne Rooney is the hot favourite for singlehandedly keeping Man Utd in the Premiership title race, but if Chelsea win the Double by the end of the season, surely Drogba will give him a run for his money.
Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the PFA, said: ‘When you talk about the best players in the world, Didier Drogba is a name on many people’s lips and with his strength, pace, ability and goalscoring skills, the Chelsea striker is different class,’.
The Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is feeling confident ahead of the new season, and thinks that United have taken a backward step with the loss of Tevez and Ronaldo.
He said: “United are still a strong team and Ferguson is a good manager who knows what to do, but I don’t think they’ll be as strong this season,”
“Ronaldo has gone, Tevez has gone, and maybe that will give us more of a chance to win this title and to be stronger than United.
“We have a strong squad this year and everyone is together, so we’ll have a better chance.