When Matej Vyrdra tapped home an equaliser for Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, there was universal frustration from those Chelsea fans inside the ground.
For nearly 80 minutes they had watched on as the Blues pinned the Clarets back, Sean Dyche’s men happy to soak up the pressure and stay in the game. The tactic worked a treat.
It triggered a few concerns among supporters. ‘Do we have enough firepower to truly challenge for the title?’ many asked themselves.
But what if that draw turns out to not just be a good result but an exciting one as well?
Eagle-eyed Chelsea fans on Reddit spotted a pattern, one that correlates between drawing 1-1 with Burnley and winning the Premier League title.
In 2014-15, Branislav Ivanovic’s first-half strike was cancelled out by a Ben Mee header in the 81st minute – come May, John Terry had his hands on the famous Premier League trophy.
Two years later, under Antonio Conte’s stewardship, the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.
This time Pedro’s right-footed strike was cancelled out by Robbie Brady before half-time. But once again, come May, Chelsea had their hands on the title, finishing seven points ahead of second-placed Tottenham.
Spooky, right? Chelsea fans were quick to jump on this in the hope the Blues once more could have the crown come May 2022.
Sektsioon: It’s happening lads.
burnMeMes: Oh yeah it’s all coming together.
Obi_Q: So it is written.
TagLish_expert: Written in the stars again
Ebsvm47: Chelsea is quite literally re-winded their history.
ZealousCharmer: It’s coooooming home!
After the international break Tuchel takes his side to the east midlands for a clash with Leicester City at the King Power stadium, one that he will be hoping to have Romelu Lukaku fit and firing for.
That clash is followed by two tough match-ups in quick succession against Juventus in the Champions League and Manchester United in the league – both at Stamford Bridge.
Positive results in the clashes may well point to the fan theory coming true once again.