Cech's Master Plan
No wins in our last three Premier League games have not only seen our lead at the top disappear but also seen us drop to third place in the Premier League table, below the two Manchester clubs.
In the cold light of day, we`ve only taken 2 points out of the last 9 available to us, a situation that could have worsened on Sunday were it not for the goalkeeping skills of Petr Cech.
A last minute save from Jose Enrique, coupled with getting something on the ball when Luis Suarez was clean through, ensured that we at least took one point from a game that, for long periods, we dominated.
Speaking about our situation Cech, who seems to have inherited the captain`s armband due to the injuries sustained by John Terry and Frank Lampard, had this to say to the red-top media who are of the opinion that the title race is already between the two Manchester clubs and ourselves,
"The Manchester clubs have been consistent in getting points."
"We have lost some points as they did at the start of the season, so it looks like we will be the three teams that will chase the title."
"But let`s not forget the others, as every game is difficult. We can drop points against any team and the most consistent team will win."
"It`s not a huge problem as we are still at the start of the season, but any advantage you give to Manchester City or Manchester United is something they can use in the future."
"That is something you don`t want to give your opponents, even if it is one point because every point matters in the end when you want to win the league."
"We know from previous experiences even goal difference can be decisive, so we will have to overcome this."
"We lost the game to United which we shouldn`t have lost."
"We have then drawn two games we should have won against Swansea and Liverpool."
"But there is a long way to 38 games in the league and there will always be periods where we might not win every game."
"If we start looking back thinking we lost points here and there, we won`t win the league."
"You must look forward and assemble as many points as you can. Around 90 and you should be fine."
90 still seems a long way off and thinking back to the Mourinho years I can recall getting excited as we passed through 50, 60, 70 and 80 points as we honed in on our first title for fifty years.
Can it happen again?