December is usually a jolly month with folks excited for Christmas and an official countdown to the new year. The Chelsea camp might not be so jolly because this December is crucial for their title chances.
Tuchel’s men sit at the top of the table after 14 games with 33 points. Manchester City is second with 32 points, while Liverpool is third with 31 points. The title race is already looking intense and it would take a lot for Chelsea to remain top.
Remember that the Blues are still in contention for the League cup and they have one more Champions League game for the year.
Chelsea would be facing 8 opponents for the remainder of the year, which means they would average 2 games every week. This would make the manager, Thomas Tuchel, rotate the team to avoid injuries. From the game against Watford, we can see that it might be difficult for Chelsea to always perform their best when rotating players and resting their best men.
Another key factor is the recent injuries that have hit the team. N’golo Kante, Ben Chilwell, and Kovacic are currently out injured. While Timo Werner and Lukaku are still trying to get integrated into the team after being injured as well. It would be difficult for Chelsea to be at their best when they keep rotating team members.
A head coach who likes to use data to make informed decisions, Tuchel will no doubt lean on his coaching staff, medical department, and analysts to make sure he keeps all of his available players at or near peak condition throughout the busy period.
Manchester City and Liverpool are also out for blood. Salah is having an outstanding season, he has scored 19 goals in all competitions and looks likely to finish the year on a high. Pep’s Manchester City are doing their best to make it a back-to-back title win.
Below are all the fixtures for Chelsea this December:
Below are all the fixtures for Manchester City this December:
Below are all the fixtures for Liverpool this December:
Chelsea would need to get 18 points out of the next 6 games to guarantee the top spot. Anything short of that might see either of Manchester City or Liverpool leap-frog to the top.
It is really a close call, but let us know what you think about this – will Chelsea still be at the top of the EPL table by January?
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