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Chelsea off the pace

As it turned out Chelsea only managed to get half the available points in the four match festive period program and Manchester United only dropped two points after the 2 all draw at St James Park against Newcastle United.

The gap at the top of the premiership table has now increased to six points which means that if Chelsea were to win all their remaining matches they would still trail Manchester United by three points assuming Manchester United win all their matches but lose the away match at the Bridge.

After the last two seasons you wouldn't think Chelsea would have problems that they are having this time around but I think that the two players being missed are Damien Duff and William Gallas. Duff and Robben used to create so many chances between the two of them that Chelsea would be certain to score at least a goal and also many teams would defend deep fearing a counter on the wings. Now Duff has gone and the replacements in the form of Salomon Kalou and Andriy Shevchenko are still coming to grips with the premiership at the same time Chelsea is losing grip of the premiership title.

People may talk about World Footballer of the Year Fabio Cannavaro as the best defender around at the moment but I think William Gallas is up there with the best insofar as defenders are concerned. Here is a player who can play very well in all four defensive positions and therefore a very vital player for Chelsea last season. Chelsea got Ashley Cole and while he is an accomplished left back that's about it.

Now with John Terry injured it has been a real panic at the back and you only have to look at the match against Everton how Khalid Boulahrouz panicked at the back and also the match against Reading where in the end Michael Essien scored an own goal.

Man U should now go and win the title. They will not find any better chance.

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