Title race appears to be down to City, Liverpool

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm •  Published: May 4, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — The Premier League title race is realistically down to Manchester City and Liverpool now, after Chelsea's latest stumble at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho's team was held to a 0-0 draw by Norwich on Sunday, meaning City and Liverpool would have to lose both of their final games to give Chelsea any hope of capturing the trophy.

Chelsea is a point behind City and Liverpool in third but has only one game remaining with an inferior goal difference. Chelsea did, however, secure the third automatic Champions League qualification spot, with fourth place going to Arsenal, which beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 through Olivier Giroud's goal on Sunday.

The drab Stamford Bridge draw also did little to ease Norwich's relegation fears. Norwich needs to beat Arsenal next weekend, while hoping Sunderland loses its two remaining games, in order to avoid the drop.

The only drama on the final day of the season could be for the trophy. Before then, Liverpool is at Crystal Palace on Monday, and City hosts Aston Villa.

Arsenal, having spent the most weeks at the top — 17 — before the injury-hit squad collapsed, seemed relieved just to qualify for the Champions League for a 17th consecutive year.

By finishing fourth, Arsenal has to go through an August playoff to reach the group stage. Even though he is yet to sign a new contract, Arsene Wenger, who has been Arsenal manager since 1996, insists he will still be in charge of the team going into next season.

"I told you many times that my word is my word," the Frenchman said. "I am from a period where you didn't need a pen to commit."

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