We watched the Leicester City vs Chelsea game yesterday and after Leicester City went 2-0 up early in the second half through Mahrez after 48 minutes to add to a 34th minute Jamie Vardy goal (yes – another one) Jose Mourinho threw caution to the wind.
The Chelsea players moved into a (much) higher gear and got one back via former Newcastle player Loic Remy and while they pressed the whole of the second half they still lost the game 2-1 – their 9th defeat in the league this season after losing only three last season when they were Champions with 87 points.
Jose Mourinho – under pressure
What a turnaround for both Chelsea and Leicester this season in completely opposite ways.
Chelsea are now amazingly one point behind Newcastle after we have had gained six points on the reigning PL Champions with our wins against Liverpool and Tottenham while the Blues have lost against Bournemouth and Leicester – who were both in the lower leagues two years ago.
You cannot make this stuff up.
Chelsea are just one point above the drop zone and while our players at Newcastle have largely under-performed this season – that’s nothing compared to the Chelsea players.
If you had asked Newcastle fans whether they would be satisfied with 16 points from our first 16 games – which is exactly where we were in our relegation season seven years ago – most fans would have said no.
On the other hand if you had said if we would be one point ahead of Chelsea after 16 games played would you take that – everybody would have said yes.
We have Leicester City at the top of the league right now and on March 21st they were rock bottom with 19 points from 29 league games – and 7 points from safety before they got seven wins and 22 points from their last 9 league games.
Now they are top of the league with 35 points from 16 league games and above Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs – whose teams cost football fortunes to assemble compared to Leicester City.
In their last 25 league games Leicester have amassed an amazing 57 points.
So it’s a crazy season alright with both Leicester and also Bournemouth providing some real proof that it doesn’t necessarily take huge investments to make a good side.
And if anybody from the Newcastle hierarchy say that we cannot compete with the top clubs because we just don’t have the finances available – just don’t believe them.
Bournemouth ran the Manchester United players off the park in their 2-1 home win over the weekend and if Newcastle can keep playing like we have done in our last two games we’ll do OK this season.
As far as Chelsea are concerned we still expect them to come away, but a Champions League position now looks doubtful.
It must be worrisome for Chelsea fans right now – welcome to the world of complete uncertainty – but they should take some comfort from what Leicester City have done this season – and really anything seems possible.
Newcastle should also take some comfort – maybe can still finish in the top eight and win the FA Cup for the first time since 1955?
No – no – I’m getting carried away again – that’s like saying Chelsea could be relegated.