A not so easy run-in for the Blues

It was a nightmare, not-so-super Sunday for Chelsea and Antonio Conte this week.

On Saturday, Tottenham again trampled over another hapless opponent, as they dismantled Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth 4-0 in fantastic fashion. Goals from Moussa Dembele, Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Vincent Janssen (yes you heard me right) ensured the Lilywhites’ cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the Premier League table to a mere four points.

On the aforementioned Sunday, things did not go to plan. Having beaten Manchester United twice already this season – once in quite comprehensive fashion it must be said – many expected the Blues to once again roll over the Red Devils and their former boss Jose Mourinho.

From kick-off however, Conte’s men looked all at sea. A late injury to in-form left wingback Marcos Alonso appeared to have caused a problem. For what followed however, that can be no excuse.

United matched, and indeed outdid the Blues in all areas of the pitch and took an early lead through the excellent Marcus Rashford. Their advantage was doubled early into the second half thanks to an Ander Herrera strike, a nasty deflection and some suspect goalkeeping from Asmir Begovic.

Jose Mourinho’s face post-match was one to remember. A smile? Who knew he had that in his arsenal these days?

And so, Antonio Conte’s men remain at the top of the table, four points clear. But with six games remaining and their bitterest North London rivals hot on their tails, the season is not quite as cut and dry as the world of football had thought.

While the Blues certainly have the easier run-in of the pair, they will need to hold their nerve to clinch the title. Here are three places Chelsea could find themselves slipping up before the end of the season …

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