After the final whistle, the cheers at Stamford bridge summed it up, after a hard-fought victory which places us pretty comfortable at the top of the league.
Here are 3 quick thoughts from the game:
HULL CITY SHOW FIGHTING SPIRIT:
Pre-match predictions gave impressions that this game would be a walk in the park for Chelsea, but unknowingly Hull City and Marcos Silva had other plans. The early exchanges saw even interchange of possession between both sides before Chelsea actually dominated and camped around their goal area in search of the opening goal. Hull were resolute in defending, pressing in attack and courageous in battle. Credit must go to them for making this game a lot more nervy, lively and edgy and surely they can take heart from this defeat. Their performance was fantastic as they really pushed Chelsea to their limits.
CHELSEA TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SLIPUPS:
Antonio Conte must be very happy with 3 points from this game and his celebration of Gary Cahill’s winner is a testament to that. With results going Chelsea’s way this weekend, with Spurs, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City all dropping points, then it’s obviously looking like Chelsea’s title to lose with 16 games to go. Though it’s far from settled and with games against Liverpool and Arsenal to come within a fortnight, the battle still continues. But sitting pretty cool means we can afford to drop points, nevertheless we still need to keep on marching on. For now, it’s advantage CHELSEA.
COSTA STRIKES TO QUELL RUMOURS:
After enduring a difficult week regarding reports of a bust-up with Conte and a proposed move to China which was downplayed by his manager, the enigmatic striker was back into the team. He roared at any given opportunity to shut the Tigers. He eventually shot the Tigers as he aimed a shot into bottom corner to open the scoring after an excellent move from Victor Moses. His goal celebration gave credence to his manager’s assertion prior to the game that the striker is focused on playing for Chelsea. His all round performance was applauding and positive.
Our title dream is still on. Cheers!