By Craig Pearson on April 4, 2014
Chelsea have had an up and down season in the Premier League this year. They began among the favorites, then they were written off, then they re-emerged as favorites again and now, after dropping points recently, they're being doubted once again. You can't write Chelsea off just yet, though; far from it. You can't write Jose Mourinho off either. They're still second, currently, and have plenty of reason to believe they will be champions again.
Chelsea could not have picked their remaining fixtures better if you had asked them to. They face a handful of teams they will be more than confident against and a chance to take points off the current leaders as well. At a time when dropped points are crucial, Chelsea have already dropped enough and will be confident of winning very close to maximum points in their remaining games whilst directly denting the hopes of the current leaders too.
When you have a stubborn defense like Chelsea do, it makes the magic of players like Eden Hazard even more of a weapon. A moment of magic from Hazard, which he has produced regularly this season, can win you a game because a clean sheet is always on the horizon. If Hazard can continue to produce in the final stages of the season then Chelsea will be primed to be champions of England once again.
Some players by their very character are winners. They win more than most because they have that drive, that determination and that will to succeed beyond anybody else. Chelsea have many players with this character, as their recent history has proven with the trophies they have won. Players like John Terry and Frank Lampard epitomize the winning mentality that exists at the club. Expect those players to lead from the front when it matters.
If Terry and Lampard are winners, then what do we call Jose Mourinho? His CV is glittering with trophy after trophy from every country he has ever managed in. He doesn't even really care how; he just cares that he wins. Having won trophies everywhere he has been, his second stint at Chelsea is certain to be no different -- the only real question is, will the Premier League be the first?
Chelsea have the best defense in the Premier League. Their strikers have lacked the quantity of goals Mourinho would have liked, but when you keep clean sheets, you only need one goal to win a game. Chelsea have enough quality in players like Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Frank Lampard to produce the goals they need on top of what their strikers score. As long as the defense stays tight, they're going to win most games they play.
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