CHELSEA WRITTEN OFF

Chelsea conceded a late equaliser against Wigan athletic to end hopes of winning the title. It seemed that Chelsea's title hopes were written off prematurely when they beat Manchester City at Stamford bridge last week.

However, they conceded a late equaliser against Wigan athletic, which ended any hopes of catching Manchester City and Manchester United. The draw leaves Chelsea with nine points to make up to the leaders Manchester City, who have been in sensational form throughout the season.

Chelsea started the match brightly with Branislav Ivanovic partnering John Terry in the back. David Luiz was once again missing through injury and hence Branislav Ivanovic was replaced by José Bosingwa at right back. The Serbian was impressive during the whole match, but his mistake in the final few minutes of the match gave Wigan athletic a much-needed impetus before the closing moments of the game. In the 87th minute, Wigan midfielder Gomez stepped up to capitalise on the error by goalkeeper Cech to score an unlikely equaliser.

Chelsea had taken the lead through Daniel Sturridge at the start of the second half. The England striker collected a superb long ball from Ashley Cole to slot the ball past Wigan goalkeeper Al Habsi. It looked like it was going to be enough for Chelsea to hold on to the lead, but the nervousness of the Chelsea defence in recent seasons came back to haunt Andre Villas-Boas and John Terry.

The equaliser kills any hopes of Chelsea winning the title this season. Ironically, Chelsea scored six past Wigan without any reply only last season, but this draw will be hugely damaging to their title aspirations this season. Following the draw, Chelsea also conceded the third spot to Tottenham Hotspur, whom they will be facing on Thursday night.

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