Referee Mistakes and Manchester United Complacency; Chelsea Back in Title Race

Two mistakes from the officials yesterday followed up by Arsenal’s victory today have surprisingly brought Chelsea back into the Premier League title race.

After Sandro’s fantastic right-footed half volley gave Tottenham the lead against the run of play yesterday, his goal was cancelled out by Frank Lampard controversial equaliser on the stroke of half time.

Harry Redknapp’s best quote from yesterday’s post-game interview was:

“We can put a man on the moon but we can’t decide if a ball crossed the line – it’s beyond belief.”

Of course, the whole controversy could have been avoided if Gomes had have caught Frank Lampard’s straightforward shot and not let it slip through his hands. That’s no excuse for the referee and his assistant to give the goal however.

What goes around comes around I guess, as it was Frank Lampard who had a perfectly clear goal disallowed in the World Cup versus Germany in the summer when the ball was clearly over the line.

Salomon Kalou went on to score Chelsea’s winner in the final moments of the game, despite being in an offside position. Tottenham fans were the given the right to feel robbed yesterday.

Carlo Ancelotti had the cheek to say his team got “lucky” in victory yesterday, but it was his tactical decision to bring Kalou on for Fernando Torres at half time, with the Ivorian coming on to grab the winning goal.

Today, Arsenal played a good possession game in victory over Manchester United today. Aaron Ramsey, replacing the absent Cesc Fabregas stroked home the winner.

Both Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott had good chances early on at 0-0. Nemanja Vidic was lucky not to concede a penalty for a handball in the area; taking the ball away from Robin van Persie.

Arsenal deserved the three points against an under performing Manchester United side. Despite United’s efforts for an equaliser late on, other than a penalty shout when Michael Owen was tripped inside the area, they failed to really test Wojciech Szczesny in the Arsenal goal. Champions League hangover?

With 3 games remaining, Manchester United host Chelsea next weekend in which will be billed as the title decider. United currently lead the defending champions by 3 points, both sides with a goal difference of +38. This game comes after Manchester United’s Champions League semi final second leg at home to Schalke 04 on Wednesday.

Chelsea finish the season at home to Newcastle and away to Everton, while Manchester United go to Blackburn on FA Cup final day and then host Blackpool on the final game of the season.

Carlo Ancelotti has remained positive throughout, not ruling his side out of the title race.