Chelsea can still push Man City and Liverpool in Premier League title race despite recent collapse, says Danny Mills
| News Today | abc News
Danny Mills insists Chelsea are not yet out of the title race, but there is little margin for error if they are to lift the Premier League trophy this season.
The European champions had led the way at the start of the season, however, a recent string of poor results saw them move under Manchester City and Liverpool.
But they’re still in touch with the top two – a win at Aston Villa on Boxing Day, live on talkSPORT, will see Chelsea tie the game with runner-up Liverpool.
And Mills believes being England’s best team is still a possibility, but warned Thomas Tuchel’s men they can only afford ONE more league loss this season.
“Chelsea have been through their sticky spell now and it hasn’t really worked out for them, but they’re not too far behind,” Mills told talkSPORT.
“Let’s say Chelsea suddenly got a grip on themselves, like they did last season when Tuchel came on. They are having a very good run, are recovering a lot of their players, they could push them [Man City and Liverpool].
“Chelsea can probably only afford to lose one more game this season, I would say. It is more or less that.”
Tuchel is hoping to have Romelu Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi available for the shock of Villa Park. The attacking duo are among eight players who were sidelined after testing positive during the COVID-19 outbreak at Stamford Bridge.
Forward Lukaku and winger Hudson-Odoi are at the stage where they can resume training if they can provide a negative test – as is full-back Ben Chilwell, although he is still injured.
“If I understood correctly, we need a negative test and we have negative tests for Romelu, Callum and Ben Chilwell,” Tuchel said. “Although Ben Chilwell is not involved against Aston Villa.
“The other two will be on the (training) field if they are negative again. Then you have to see, they’ve been sick and have symptoms, but we’ll see.
“It’s a Premier League game in one of the toughest places you can play at Aston Villa.
“This is good news, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not over-excited now because I know I have to check on how they’re doing.”
Listen to the full commentary of Aston Villa vs. Chelsea live on talkSPORT, kicks off at 5:30 p.m.
PARIS OFFER OF THE DAY
888SPORT is offering £ 45 free bets over the Christmas period when you place a bet of £ 10 – CLAIM HERE
A minimum deposit of £ / € 10 with the promo code is required – You must bet a minimum of £ / € A minimum deposit of £ / € 10 with the promo code is required • You must bet a minimum of £ / € with odds of 1/2 (1.50) or more in a sports market which will be settled before December 26 23:59:59 • Free bet of £ / € 5 will be valid for 7 days • Balance of deposit may be withdrawn at any time • General withdrawal restrictions and Full terms and conditions apply. 18+ BeGambleAware.Org
Top Stories News Today Chelsea can still push Man City and Liverpool in Premier League title race despite recent collapse, says Danny Mills