Paul Merson sends worrying warning to Chelsea about the title race

Paul Merson warns Chelsea that they cannot afford to make any more mistakes in the Premier League title race

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson has warned Chelsea that they are only one defeat away from blowing the title this season.

The Blues have been in stuttering form in the Premier League in recent weeks and have lost two of their last four games in the top flight to allow Tottenham back into the race for the trophy.

Chelsea were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United last weekend to add to the shock defeat by Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge to let Tottenham cut their lead at the top down to just four points.

Antonio Conte’s men are currently preparing for their home clash against Southampton on Tuesday night as they look to get back to winning ways and take a step closer to the title.

However, Merson feels that the Blues are only one more mistake away from losing the title this season.

Merson wrote in his column for The Daily Star: “I said all along that Chelsea are only a couple of injuries away from being in trouble.

“Well, they lost Thibaut Courtois and Marcos Alonso and then ended up losing at Manchester United, and now they’re one fluke defeat away from potentially blowing the title.

“Chelsea play Southampton next and they lost that game last season.

“Then they have to go to Everton, who are flying. The Blues were so far clear at the top but it’s not over yet and some nerves might still creep in.”

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Chelsea finished 10th in the Premier League and without a trophy last season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho back in December 2015.

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