So Jose is a genius, a master of mind games and a warrior capable of defeating a bad bout of manflu.
The way he knew Steven Gerrard was going to slip at precisely that moment to hand Chelsea the goal that blew open the title race was superb. The time-wasting from early on and parking the ‘two buses’ was the hallmark of a winner.
Or he just got his team to defend reasonably well and got a bit lucky with a freak mistake.
The methods maybe open to question, but once again, the results aren’t. Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Anfield has blown the title race wide open and combined with Manchester City’s easy victory at an already on holiday Crystal Palace, it saw Liverpool go from red hot 1/6 favourites to claim their first league title in 24 years to a 6/5 shot with a good chance if things fall their way.
It’s not all over, but it’s once again City’s to lose. Three wins from their three remaining games [Everton (a), Aston Villa (h) and West Ham (h)] will land them their second Premier League crown. Anything less than that gives Liverpool a chance. City won’t be able to pass the 86 points mark still achievable by Liverpool, but the goal difference is likely to swing it in their favour.
Chelsea remain the big outsiders of the trio. Just before City kicked off and shortly after took the lead against Palace, Jose’s side were in to 10/1 for the title, but with Pellegrini’s men claiming all three points, they were nudged out to 14/1. They can now reach a maximum of 84 points, a figure likely to be surpassed by either City or Liverpool, possibly both.
There’s enough football left to ensure that the fat lady isn’t even warming up yet, let alone singing. She’s still plonked on the sofa eating Bonbons and watching the Jeremy Kyle Show and will probably stay there until next Monday’s showdown between Palace and Liverpool at the earliest.
From looking like Liverpool would swash-buckle their way to the title, Jose has ensured this title race may yet be a special one.