20 Dec
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Posted by isport at 11:07

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said that Chelsea are capable of winning the title even from this position.

Chelsea are currently 10 points behind Manchester City in the table, and almost everyone have written off Chelsea's chances of catching the league leaders. However, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said that dismissing Chelsea's chances of winning the title are premature and the 2009 Champions are still capable of putting up a real challenge for the title. Chelsea have lots of experience when it comes to Premier League title races, as they have not finished beyond the third position in the last eight years.

They have currently made an indifferent start to this season with heavy losses to Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool. They have made Chelsea be 10 points behind the leaders Manchester City. However, the match between the League leaders and Chelsea on Monday night at Stamford Bridge will provide Andre Villas-Boas' men with the perfect opportunity to close the gap.

It will be a great tough contest between the two teams because Chelsea have a great record at Stamford Bridge against Manchester City, while the Manchester club is currently unbeaten in the Premier League. Their unbeaten run stretches to over 14 games and it will take a great effort to beat the side according to Roberto Mancini.

"I think they can win it. They have 10 points less than us but we play two times against them and there are 24 games [left]. The Premier League is very difficult and, in these two months, all the teams that play every three days will find it difficult," Mancini said. Andre Villas-Boas has come under intense criticism for these tactics in recent weeks, but they have just achieved two successive 3-0 wins in a row.

14 Dec
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Posted by isport at 08:27

Manchester United are, at present, a team in deep transition. There have been severe highs and lows throughout their campaign so far this season, with the barely believable 8 - 2 demolition of Arsenal at Old Trafford, and the embarrassment of losing 1 - 6 to neighbours Manchester City, alongside their abysmal Champions League run which ended in them missing the failing to make it out of their group for the first time since 2005.

With a series of young players being more prominent in United’s make up this season, namely Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young, their sensational start to the season was a surprise to some who expect the revised team to take a while to find their feet. These are all players with undoubtable talent, but it will take some time for them to settle in at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson remains a wily operator, so you would expect him to get the most out of his players, and use their shockingly early Champions League exit as a source of motivation for his players.

The Premier League is still very much within Manchester United’s grasp, and with Sir Alex Ferguson’s experience of winning titles, Manchester City’s present 5 point lead is nothing to be overwhelmed by.

In the January transfer market, it is unlikely any major purchases will be made. Despite continued rumours linking them with Wesley Sneijder, it appears unlikely that Sir Alex will pay the sizeable sum that would be required to lure him to Old Trafford. There is also a lot of expectation resting on Tom Cleverley’s shoulders, as he is a man who is being mooted as being not only the future of Manchester United, but also of England, so his return from injury will provide United with a boost.