A lot has been said about Chelsea’s title-winning capabilities, and despite Chelsea’s hot form, many still harbour doubts that we can’t go all the way. One of the major things so many pundits have said is that — we cannot do without Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante.
Firstly, we played Sunderland without Eden Hazard, and won them away from home.
Diego Costa and N’Golo have been key for Chelsea this season, and after being suspended for the game against Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, critics said we wouldn’t be able to cope without the duo. Well, yet again, we have proven doubters wrong. Chelsea didn’t just win Bournemouth, but the Blues were convincing in their display, and it was more like we didn’t lose any key player.
Pedro started upfront for Chelsea in place of Diego Costa, and he was superb. Besides scoring a brace, his pace and movement was electrifying and caused Bournemouth’s defence all sorts of problems.
Fabregas and Matic slotted in the heart of midfield, and they had a good game — and it was so easy to forget that someone as important as Kante was absent.
Recently, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called Chelsea the luckiest team in the league because of how good we have had it with injury, but what many people fail to understand is that Antonio Conte has turned Chelsea into a well-drilled machine, and the players have adapted well to the new system. While there are players who have been key for us, the fact that the team is more of a unit makes it easier to do without key players.
Other clubs might solely be reliant on one or two players, but Chelsea is more than just a one-man team.