Having defeated Manchester United by a single goal on Saturday, Chelsea can win the title when they travel to Leicester City on 29 April.
Although Louis van Gaal’s side enjoyed the majority of the possession at Stamford Bridge, an Eden Hazard strike on 38 minutes was enough to extend the Blues lead over second-placed Arsenal to ten points with six matches left to play. This means if Jose Mourinho’s side beat the Gunners on Sunday they just need to win at Leicester the following Wednesday to win the title.
It has looked increasingly likely that Chelsea will be crowned best team in England in recent weeks, as current champions Manchester City have fallen off badly and both Arsenal and United have left their run of good results too late. Speaking after their latest win, though, skipper John Terry is refusing to accept the race is over although he would love to seal the title as soon as possible.
“This was a massive win, we needed it. I think we are doing enough, we have done all season,” the defender told Sky Sports. “We were in our best form early on in the season and just before Christmas. We are still getting results and that’s the mark of champions. We’d rather get it done as soon as possible. It would be nice get it done soon, next two wins will be very nice.”
A few short weeks ago the prospect of facing Leicester wouldn’t have caused too much concern, but the Foxes have won their last three matches to give them more than a fighting chance of avoiding relegation. A 2-0 win at Swansea City on Saturday afternoon lifted Nigel Pearson’s side to 18th in the standings, behind the currently safe Hull City by virtue of goal difference only.