Chelsea have gone from passing all the so-called tests to being the dominant team in the league, and our current position as league leaders is well-deserved.
The last two games against Tottenham and Manchester City were supposed to be the two biggest tests of Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system, and not many gave Chelsea the chance to come out unscathed in those games. In fact, after the narrow win against Tottenham, many predicted doom for Chelsea against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, but we came from behind to score 3 goals and snatch all 3 points against City, away from home.
Chelsea’s mettle have been tested against the big teams, and now we have a different kind of battle to face against the league’s smaller oppositions, starting with Tony Pulis’ West Brom on Sunday.
A title-winning team usually tries to get the points off the big teams, and win the lesser teams. Every game in the Premier League seems to be difficult these days, and you’ll expect the smaller sides to bring a different approach in order to secure a point against a Chelsea side that seems unstoppable at the moment.
Before travelling to North London on January 4th to face Tottenham Hotspur (a game they’d be seeking revenge yet again), Chelsea will have to play West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Stoke City. These 5 games are winnable games, and if Chelsea can get 15 points from these games, we might have one hand on the title.
Manchester City still have Arsenal and an away trip to Liverpool to play. Liverpool will have to lock horns with derby rivals Everton away from home before facing City, while Arsenal also have away trips to Everton and Manchester City. Points will definitely be dropped, and it’s up to the Blues to keep the momentum going.
If we can go on another 5 game winning stretch, then we are more than halfway there.