As the popular saying goes: ‘nothing comes easy, you have to work for it’. This certainly explains what Chelsea remaining fixtures would be like as the title race heats up. With our win over Stoke City we pull 13 points clear over our title challengers and look destined to win the league.
Let’s analyse 3 match talking points:
STOKE GAME-PLAN CRUMBLES:
Mark Hughes team selection indicated what we should expect. His team of mobile, physical (energetic) and towering players that could hassle down the Chelsea players all over the pitch in order to repel Chelsea’s attacking threats. More so, this game plan was to kill Chelsea’s rhythm and take them out of the game while they stretch play with wingers Marko Arnautovic and Ramadan Sobhi. Somehow, they did well to frustrate Chelsea, who were unable to gain a stronghold on the game. But at the end we won the game thanks to strikes from Willian and Cahill that surely puts us in a commanding position for league triumph.
CHELSEA ALWAYS FIND A WAY TO WIN:
This was duly expected to be a tough game and rightly lived up to his billing. With Stoke making life difficult for Chelsea, Antonio Conte decided to change things. His bold and brave decision to revert to 4-2-3-1 formation with the introduction of Fabregas and Loftus-Cheek was pivotal. The Spaniard propelled Chelsea with his vision and poise which ultimately led to late attacking forays. While teenage sensation, Loftus Cheek was to double up the attack with Diego Costa. His height and physicality were powerful tools for Stoke’s towering defence. At the end, Chelsea prevailed with a late winner as we showed our title resolve.
CHELSEA GAIN FOOTHOLD AHEAD OF CHASING PACK:
A hard-fought win over Stoke could be a turning point in Chelsea’s season as well this season’s title race. With Liverpool and Manchester City playing against each other, and Spurs playing without star striker, Harry Kane, who is injured, then the title race is nearing its end. However, with the momentum and resolve on display by the Blues, it’s obvious they have the league title in sight and would surely be crowned Champions sooner rather than later.
Let’s keep the blue flag flying high. Cheers!