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Chelsea's title hopes take a huge hit

John Terry walks off as Chelsea suffer defeat.
John Terry walks off as Chelsea suffer defeat.
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Chelsea’s status as title favorites took a big hit on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho’s squad were pegged back at Selhurst Park where a John Terry own goal in the 52nd minute was the difference in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win. And it could have been much worse.

Chelsea held much more of the ball, and had more shots, but didn’t really create any clear-cut chances for themselves. Out of their 21 shots, just two were on target.

Palace, meanwhile, appeared sharp on the counterattack. Cameron Jerome and Joe Ledley were presented with some real opportunities, but for one reason or another, they just did not come to fruition.

Until, of course, Joel Ward sent in a cross from the overlap that found Chelsea’s captain who, unfortunately for him, sent it into Petr Cech’s net.

Palace had one or two penalty shouts, but they were denied by Lee Mason, the match official. Both were centered around center back Gary Cahill.

Chelsea had 13 chances to score from corner kicks to Crystal Palace’s two, but it was the quality of the hosts that made their chances count for more.

The Blues will be feeling like their nickname as Manchester City and Liverpool will have a big opportunity to assert themselves in the title race now, as Chelsea may become more and more dependent on other results.

“We depend too much on other results,” Mourinho stated.

“When you depend a little, it’s possible. When you depend a lot, I don’t think it’s possible. We depend now too much. I don’t think now we can win the league.”