It’ll shock you to know that every month this season has been perfect for Chelsea, apart from the month of September, which I call the month of discovery. The loss to Liverpool and Arsenal happened in September, and it triggered the use of the 3-4-3 formation, which has led to the dominance of Chelsea.
Since the switch to a 3-4-3 system, Chelsea have gone on to win 13 consecutive games, which cuts across three different months; such has been the dominance of Antonio Conte’s men.
Since Conte began his reign as Chelsea manager, he has only suffered defeat in the month of September, every other month has been perfect. Back in the month of August, it was 3 consecutive wins for the Blues — 2-1 wins against West Ham and Watford, and 3-0 win against Burnley.
The month of September saw Chelsea get only 1 point, out of a possible 9. We drew 2-2 with Swansea, and then suffered terrible losses against Liverpool and Arsenal.
Our redemption and consecutive winning streaks started in the month of October with a 2-0 win against Hull City, followed by a 3-0 win against Leicester City. Next was a 4-0 win against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, and we ended the month with a 2-0 win away at Southampton.
It even got better in November, as we started November with a 5-0 home victory against Everton, followed by a 1-0 win against Middlesbrough away from home, and a 2-1 win against Tottenham.
December was the month people believed Chelsea would suffer defeat, as we started the month with a trip to the Etihad. Chelsea won Pep Guardiola’s men 3-1 before playing three consecutive 1-0 wins against West Brom, Sunderland and Crystal Palace. On Boxing Day, we defeated Bournemouth 3-0, and ended the year with a 4-2 win against Stoke City.
Now we are in January 2017, and we start with yet another tough test — a trip to White Hart Lane. A trip to Leicester City will follow next, before hosting Hull City and then we’d be away at Anfield to play Liverpool.
The Blues have come a long way and have passed many tests and challenges in the process. A tough away game against Tottenham starts the month of January, and it holds a lot of significance. Will Chelsea start January on a perfect note, despite the tough hurdle to cross against Spurs tonight?