Gary Neville explains what is strange ahead of title run-in involving Tottenham and Chelsea
By Amir Mir
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has offered his thoughts on the Premier League title run-in involving Tottenham and Chelsea.
The former Manchester United defender believes it is “strange timing” from the league leaders to announce that John Terry is leaving the club at the end of the season.
The club announced on Monday afternoon on their official website that the 36-year-old will leave the club in the summer after 22 years of service.
Terry has won four league titles, a Champions League medal and five FA Cups during his time at the club – but has played only ten matches in all competitions this term.
At this moment in time, Spurs are four points behind their rivals in the table, with six matches of the season remaining.
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Chelsea suffered a costly 2-0 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, their second defeat in four matches.
Speaking on Monday Night Football which aired on Sky Sports 1, Neville explained how significant the Blues’ recent form could be to the title run-in.
“It does,” Neville told Sky Sports when asked if Chelsea’s recent performances give a different complexion on the title run-in.
“It’s a big week, Chelsea have got the Tottenham game, they have got Southampton and then Everton away. They have to get past that.
“They will probably still win the league but there is definitely a wobble developing and they have got to stop that.
“The news of John Terry [leaving at the end of the season] is incredibly strange timing because if they needed somebody to be experienced to get them over the line this month, he might be the man to do that for them.”
Tottenham and their title rivals will meet for a crucial FA Cup semi-final clash this Saturday at Wembley.
The winner of that encounter will look to take that confidence and momentum into the final games of the season.
Spurs still have to take on north London rivals Arsenal and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United on home soil.
On paper, their London neighbours toughest opponents for the final six matches of the season are Southampton and a tricky trip to Everton on April 30.
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