Chelsea have been making headlines lately not just for playing some wonderful football this season, but for going on a remarkable league run of 5 straight wins (5 in 5), and keeping a clean sheet in all 5 games. This recent upturn in fortunes coming after losses to Liverpool and Arsenal. Conte revisited his tactics manual, and found the perfect formula for Chelsea— or so it would seem at the moment. We’re the most balanced team in the league so far this season, scoring 16 goals in 5 games and conceding none. Goalkeeper Courtois has literally been on holiday in recent games, as he’s had good protection from our back 3 of Cahill, Azpilicueta and Luiz. He’s had next to nothing to do in our past five games, save for the Man U game where he pulled off some amazing saves to maintain his run of clean sheets. This weekend though, we take on league new boys, Middlesbrough on Sunday, and one can only wonder if our fine run will continue. The clean sheet, the goal rush, the tiki-taka, and most importantly, the wins will continue.
On paper, the game is a won one for Chelsea, but I don’t need to remind you that football isn’t math. You can’t ever really write off anyone, and any team. Middlesbrough are new in the league, but they’re not doing so badly, you may want to agree. In the last round of fixtures before the international break, they pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the match day by earning a point against former league leaders, Manchester City. City started on the front foot, and got a goal, but just as the game neared its end, Middlesbrough got a goal, and earned a draw. So it’s bad idea to write them off.
However, we can have confidence in the fact that we have a very good defence; the best in the league, and a very potent attack. If we could score 16 goals in our last 5, and against stiffer opposition, repeating the same feat against Middlesbrough shouldn’t be impossible for us. I am looking forward to seeing Hazard and Costa do what they know to do best, and help us to the top of the league again, perhaps. I know we’ll get the win, but I also hope we keep our clean sheet record alive.