Is it time for Roman Abromovich to hit the panic button?
Since hammering Arsenal at the Emirates, Chelsea have won only one of their last seven games and have picked up just six points from their last five Premier League games. With players getting ready to leave for the African Cup and Michael Essien out injured, Chelsea’s wobble is in danger of turning into a fall.
Saturday Chelsea could only manage a scoreless draw at Birmingham, the first time they have failed to score for the first time in 35 matches. The last time Chelsea were held scoreless was the 0-0 draw at Barcelona in last season’s UEFA Champions League semi-finals. Yes Alex hit the crossbar and Birmingham’s goalkeeper Joe Hart played really well, but this the type of game that Chelsea have won for the last five years.
Last year Chelsea went through a similar bad patch of form and it ultimately cost them the title. Is history going to repeat itself? Chelsea’s closest challengers, Manchester United and Arsenal both on Sunday and can close the gap to Chelsea to 2 points.
The debut that attracted all the headlines was Roberto Mancini’s first game in charge of Manchester City and he saw his side beat Stoke City 2-0 behind goals from Martin Petrov and Carlos Tevez in a 2-0 win over Stoke City.
Elsewhere Liverpool finally got back to winning football games as they beat Wolves 2-0 at Anfield. In the big relegation six-pointer West Ham beat Portsmouth 2-0 and climbed out of the relegation zone with the win. Bolton dropped down into the bottom three despite drawing 1-1 at Burnley, one of five Premier League draws today.