CHELSEA can virtually forget about the Premiership crown. With their new-found trump card Guus Hiddink, the Blues can make their final claim for the title, but the fact remains that the ball is no longer in their court.
Chelsea have to win their remaining games, which includes a showdown with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, and their fate still lies with the sizzling hot Red Devils.
Man United have their key players back from injury and are raring to crush anything that stands in their way.
Most importantly, the Red Devils have home advantage over their closest rivals in the remaining fixtures, of which more than half are against teams in the bottom half of the table. It is therefore unlikely that Man United will collapse in the later stages this season.
Moreover, Liverpool are still in contention for the title. As Chelsea no longer have any EPL games against either team this season, they do not have much control over the title run-in at all.
While it is still mathematically possible for Chelsea to clinch the title, too many unlikely conditions have to be fulfilled. Therefore, Chelsea will be better off targeting other silverware.
Suen Chun Lung, 20, student (The writer wins a pair of New Balance sneakers worth more than $200 and will be notified about prize collection after this month.)
Fergie's mind games
SIR ALEX Ferguson wants to lure Liverpool into a false sense of security and superiority with his statements.
Jamie Carragher's statements though might indicate that Liverpool are underestimating the demands required in their first sustained title challenge in a long time.
With Didier Drogba coming into form for Chelsea though, Michael Essien's imminent return and Guus Hiddink's vast experience, the Blues still have a slim chance of mounting a late challenge.
Tan Yamhing, 61, contractor, Liverpool fan
Words may work in Blues' favour
SIR ALEX Ferguson's statements will deflect pressure of the title race from Chelsea and allow Guus Hiddink to concentrate solely on his task of transforming Chelsea.
With Hiddink in charge, there is a new sense of vigour and enthusiasm within the team and I don't see why Chelsea can't string together a series of victories to close the 10-point gap with United.
Loy Tony, 24, Arsenal fan
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