Chelsea's defeat to Tottenham ended a 13 consecutive win streak for Conte's side, the joint best in #Premier League history. Conte's implemented 3 at the back system has worked wonderfully and has been the foundation of their success this season. However, despite this form, they only sit 5 points clear at the top of the table and are nowhere near clear of the pack. Liverpool have kept close to Chelsea and would be only 3 points behind had they beaten Sunderland. Chelsea are clear favourites for the title but with a game against Liverpool on 31st January that could all change if they lose at Anfield.
However their impressive defensive record and form of Hazard, Willian and Costa, they will be a hard team to surpass for the title.
Klopp's side have been in scintillating attacking form this season, with 48 goals scored they are the league's top goalscorers. However, problems at the back have seen the Reds lose when they should have won particularly against Bournemouth and Sunderland. Despite defensive issues, Liverpool has stayed close to Chelsea despite their impressive form. Liverpool's form against the top 6 sides under Klopp emphasises their ability to deliver in the big games, but the 2013/14 season will be on all Liverpool fans minds whilst they fight for the title. They may be some of the bookies' favourites to win the crown come May but a top 4 finish is a necessity this season and anything more is a bonus.
Tottenham showed their credentials with a 2-0 win over Chelsea to open up the race for the title.
Pochettino's side came close last season but Hazard's goal in the 2-2 draw last season saw the title go to Leicester. Spurs will have to rely heavily on Alli, Eriksen and Kane if they are to go after the title, and their impressive defensive record shows that they can keep things tight in the defence and have the best in the league. However, I feel that Chelsea, Manchester City and possibly Liverpool are too strong for Tottenham and their focus will be on finishing in the top 4 over Arsenal.
Guardiola has been the subject of criticism this season as his Manchester City side has thus far under-performed, and they lost an important clash against Liverpool 1-0. It seems unclear to whether he knows what his preferred starting line-up is and whether his style of play can survive in the physicality of the Premier League. For the first time, Guardiola finds himself in a league that he can't walk through and he is finding it difficult. I do think that Man City will push for the title but this season is too soon and will produce a better challenge next season.
Arsenal's 3-3 draw against Bournemouth emphasised the performances which have fans frustrated, especially this time of year.
It appears to be the same case for Arsenal, their title challenge falls to pieces around February and they finish the season in a fight to finish in the top 4. With the uncertainty surrounding Alexis Sanchez I doubt that this season will be any different to previous years. However, I do believe that Arsenal is only one or two players away from mounting a serious title challenge whether it be this season of next; that would depend on whether Wenger decides to recruit in January.
I think Manchester United is the most obvious, no they won't win the league. They have let too large of a gap form between them and Chelsea and I don't see them dropping enough points to give Man United a chance this season. They have won 5 games in a run and have remained 6th, which just shows how good the other sides have been this season, making it near impossible for United to challenge for the title. This season was transitional with Mourinho, Pogba and Ibrahimovic moving but I fully expect them to challenge for the title next season. #sport #Football