9 wins, 23 goals scored and just 2 goals conceded — this has been the form of Chelsea in the last 9 Premier League games, and it took Chelsea from 7th in the table to the top of the league.
At the end of September, Chelsea were ruled out of the title race, and even the fight for a top 4 position seemed almost impossible, but the Blues aren’t just back in the title race, but are on top of the table, and are 7 points ahead of Manchester City who were way ahead of Chelsea in the race for the title.
Chelsea’s form in the last 9 league games isn’t down to luck; it’s down to spirit, determination, belief, a winning mentality and a never die attitude. The fact that we’ve shown our strength against the big teams and the lesser teams only shows how good this Chelsea team have become.
In the last nine games, we’ve had to face different teams with different tactics, and in all we’ve come out on top. From Leicester City’s 3-man defence in the second half, to defeating Jose Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 system, and then we faced a solid Southampton team, as well as inflicting a heavy defeat on Everton who came to Stamford Bridge with 5 defenders at the back. Middlesbrough was another different test with a resolute defence, and Tottenham also gave Chelsea something to think about with their high-pressing football, but Chelsea overcame them. Pep Guardiola welcomed Chelsea to the Etihad, and Chelsea had to win without being with the ball for large spells of the game, and our counterattacking moves were topnotch. West Brom then visited Stamford with a 6-man defence line, and the Blues still found a way through.
From all these games, we’ve played against different teams with different approaches, but Chelsea have come out unscathed — and the consistency the team has shown is extraordinary.
It’s very rare for a team to exhibit this kind of form in the Premier League, and the teams who go on a run like this always ends up as champions. While Arsenal are still close to us at the top of the table, maintaining our good form could see us increase the gap between us and our London rivals before the end of December.
Chelsea’s run of 9 consecutive victories, while only letting in 2 goals isn’t down to luck, and it would be a huge surprise if we don’t end up as champions, come May.