There are still 17 games left in the Premier League season and this means that a lot can change at the top of the table. Being top of the pile at the moment though, Chelsea will be hoping that things stay exactly as they are.
But this won’t happen without any effort and Frank Lampard knows that he and his team can afford very few mistakes in the coming months. Chelsea sit just a point ahead of Manchester United and three ahead of Arsenal, after all.
It is actually the Gunners resurgence that has shown everyone how quickly things can change. When the Blues comfortably beat them at the Emirates back in November, it looked as though their title hopes were over. However, after a good run of form they find themselves right back in the mix and Arsenal’s Premier League title odds reflect this.
Chelsea’s form dipped at the same time too, with just one win in the following five games and this is something that Carlo Ancelotti’s men will not to repeat. If they had gone on to win the five games following the Arsenal match, Arsene Wenger’s men would be out of contention by now.
Speaking about the remainder of the season, Lampard knows what has to be done. He said that he is “confident of winning the title” but if they let their form slip, the side could end up “losing everything” and undoing all of the good work of the previous 21 games.
The midfielder then referred to dropped points against Everton and West Ham – two teams that Chelsea really should be beating. Lampard said that they must “keep beating the mid-table teams” to keep the points tally ticking over.
This is something they did in emphatic fashion on Saturday. Sunderland – who sit 13th in the Premier League – were swept aside by a Chelsea who went on to win 7-2. It was the type of performance that Lampard would like to repeat more often, giving the team “a very good chance of winning the league.”
Next up for Ancelotti’s men in the Premier League are games against Birmingham, Burnley and Hull so this will certainly test Lampard’s desire to beat these types of team. It is followed by a huge game with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, so 12 points out of 12 would really go a long way to shaping the final stages of the season and give Chelsea’s Premier League chances a massive boost.