Bridge Banter: If Chelsea beat Man City in FA Cup, the league title could follow
“A little horse that lacks personality” – Jose Mourinho isn’t very complimentary of his Chelsea side considering they are top of the Premier League.
It has to be said, however, their last four results do boggle the mind.
Arguably Chelsea’s two best performances of the season – 1-0 at Man City and 3-0 over Newcastle – have been sandwiched between two lacklustre draws against West Ham and West Brom.
There is no denying Mourinho’s new-look Chelsea are a work in progress and will undoubtedly be stronger next season.
But this Premier League season has been like no other.
And while Manchester United continue to wallow in mid-table mediocrity, Arsenal continue to look vulnerable against the top teams, and Manchester City seemingly reeling after defeat at home to Mourinho’s side, anything is possible.
Indeed there is little I have seen this season to suggest Mourinho couldn’t add a third Premier League title and a second FA Cup to his CV.
As the war of words between Mourinho and Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini looks to be reaching boiling point, the Portuguese mastermind will look to get another one over his Chilean opponent this weekend.
Chelsea head back to the Etihad on Saturday in the FA Cup with the winner sure to be favourites for the cup.
Last week, Mourinho himself admitted: “Everything I say is mind games and everything I do is mind games,” and he has been at it again ahead of the City clash.
But as Pellegrini and Mourinho continue their spat over who has spent more money, the truth is, it doesn’t really matter.
Dare I say it, but in a season when so little has been predictable, the hugely anticipated FA Cup tie could be a decisive moment.
Certainly if Chelsea win, the psychological advantage will be enormous, and maybe Mourinho can start to dream again.
Tim Harrison is away on holiday for two weeks.
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