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Thomas Tuchel must tackle familiar Chelsea issues to keep title hopes alive as Man City threaten to walk away

n the defense of Thomas Tuchel, he has always dismissed the idea of ​​Chelsea as favorite for the title. But right now he’s got a fight on his hands just to keep them in the conversation.

There were so many mitigating factors surrounding yesterday’s game that it would be easy to overlook the fact that the result ultimately went with form.

It was Chelsea’s third draw in their last four games – and the fifth time they’ve failed to win in their last eight league games.

Whatever the legitimacy of their argument for postponing the match – which is open to debate – it has prolonged a slump that risks seeing them lose sight of champions Pep Guardiola.

City are in the kind of mood where it’s hard to see where their next loss will come from. Chelsea, meanwhile, look like a team that has forgotten how to win.

In the context of a positive six-player test for Covid, a draw at Wolves could be seen as a point won. In the context of their current form, it was business as usual – and business right now is not good.

History dictates that City do not let the dominant positions in the table slip away. It’s a team that sets the pace before leaving its rivals in its wake.

So while six points before Christmas is certainly not an insurmountable lead, it represents an intimidating gap for Chelsea – especially at a time when they are looking at their most fragile under Tuchel’s reign.

An eight-game winning streak for City is the type of relentless streak that crushes the minds of their rivals. It’s the type of form that puts every game played by Chelsea – or Liverpool, second in jeopardy. Put on a bad foot and he will be punished.

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