It was not a pleasant Easter for Chelsea and their fans yesterday as Jose Mourinho tutored Manchester United over ran the Blues at Old Trafford in a game that ended 2-0.
Yesterday’s defeat saw Chelsea’s EPL lead narrowed to just four points with six more games to go.
While Chelsea fumbled away, Liverpool continued their fine run with a 1-0 away victory over West Brom.
Liverpool it would be noted are unbeaten since losing at Leicester in late February and now lead City by two points, although Pep Guardiola’s team have a game in hand in the race for an automatic spot in the Champions League group stage.
At Old Trafford, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side were rocked by Marcus Rashford’s early goal and a deflected Ander Herrera strike soon after half-time.
The Blues barely managed an attack of note and a second defeat in their last four league games leaves them clinging to a four-point lead over second placed Tottenham, who had piled on the pressure with a 4-0 rout of Bournemouth on Saturday.
After appearing set to cruise to the title for most of the season, Chelsea now face a nerve-jangling final six matches as they try to hold off a strong challenge from their London rivals.
It was a sweet moment for United manager Jose Mourinho, who had suffered a 4-0 thrashing against Chelsea in October on his first return to the club since being sacked last season.
United were also knocked out of the FA Cup quarter-finals by Chelsea last month and avenging those painful losses kept alive their bid to qualify for the Champions League via a top four finish.
Mourinho’s men, unbeaten in their last 22 league games, are now fifth, four points behind fourth placed Manchester City with a game in hand.
Chelsea’s cause wasn’t helped by the absence of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who was injured earlier in the week, and the pre-match withdrawal of left wing-back Marcos Alonso due to a reported illness.