MIDDLESBROUGH 0-1 CHELSEA: FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED

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Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough means we have now won six consecutive games without conceding a goal. Chelsea now top the Premier League table after the defeat of Middlesbrough.

Here are five things we learned from the game

1. CONTE HAS FOUND THE WINNING FORMATION AND TEAM

Since the embarrassing defeat to Arsenal, Antonio Conte has switched to the 3-4-3 and Chelsea have won every league game since the switch.

Conte seems to have settled on a first XI as this was the fifth game in a row that the Italian had started with the same XI. This is also the first time in Premier League history that Chelsea have played five consecutive games with the same XI. This will definitely not be good news for Willian, Terry and Fabregas.

2. DIEGO COSTA IS BACK TO HIS BEST

Diego Costa became the first player to reach double figures for the season with his goal against Middlesbrough. If he can avoid a long goal drought, he could be set for his best season at Chelsea.

Costa seems to enjoy playing outside Stamford Bridge too. His goal against Middlesbrough was his seventh goal in his last seven away matches.

3. CHELSEA ON COURSE TO BEAT RECORD

Chelsea have gone six consecutive games without conceding in the Premier League and if the team continues with this display, we could break the record set by Chelsea in the 2004/05 season. Chelsea notched up 10 consecutive clean sheets between December 2004 and February 2005. Can this current Chelsea side match that record?

4. CHELSEA TRANSFER TARGET BEN GIBSON IMPRESSED

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson in January and 23-year-old impressed with a solid performance for Middlesbrough. Gibson marshalled Middlesbrough’s backline well and also produced a number of important interceptions and tackles. Conte must have been impressed with Gibson.

5. VICTOR MOSES WAS EXCELLENT

Victor Moses was voted Man of the Match after Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough and the Nigerian international deserved the vote. Moses ran tirelessly all game and had 74 touches. He had three shots and put in five crosses. His performance deserved a goal and he was unlucky not to get one.

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