A well-deserved win at Stamford Bridge last night has banished the fears of losing the title to Spurs and has also given renewed optimism for league glory. Chelsea showed passion, desire, craft, fight and the strut of Champions as we marched on the Saints to open a seven-point gap between Spurs.
Here are 3 game talking points from the game:
COSTA AND CHELSEA COME ALIVE IN LEAGUE RUN IN:
Much has been said of the Brazilian-born Spanish striker’s loss of form after enduring a seven-game goal drought. He responded in emphatic fashion by scoring his 50th and 51st league goals with his brace. His goals extended Chelsea’s lead in the match and particularly increased the lead over Spurs to seven points. The striker’s importance to Chelsea was expressed more by a delighted Conte:
“For the forward it’s very important to score … because the goal is your life,” Conte said. “But for me I always said that I’m very pleased for his commitment, for his work for the team, because he’s always working for the team.”
If Costa continues in beast form like he displayed against the Saints, Chelsea are sure to cruise to the title.
IT’S COUNTDOWN TIME FOR THE BLUES WITH SHOW OF MENTAL STRENGTH:
It’s 5 games remaining with 7 points between Chelsea and Spurs, the title beckons for the True Blues. Regardless of Spurs result against Palace, the stark reality of things at the moment is that Chelsea are winning the major battles of the title challenge. A win over Spurs gave the club the psychological advantage going into the clash as well and the emphatic win over Southampton puts Chelsea in a prime position for league glory.
A comparison of both clubs league fixtures is another talking point. Chelsea play: Everton(a), Watford(h), WestBrom(h), Sunderland(h), and Middlesbrough(h), while Spurs play: Crystal Palace(a), Arsenal(h), Leceister City (a), Manchester United(h), and Hull City(a).
On paper, Chelsea have the better run-in in the title race and have demonstrated positive mental attitude in difficult periods this season, but it remains to be seen if Spurs have what it takes to slay and banish the underachievers tag. At the moment it’s countdown for the Blues.
CHELSEA’S OLD BOYS SHINE:
The presence and goalscoring feats of Oriol Romeu and Ryan Bertrand made us reflect on their times at the club and a reminder that we have developed good players over the years who unfortunately found opportunities hard to come by. However, their goals counted for little other than a dent to our goal difference, but our habit of conceding goals since the second half of the season is a habit that needs to be addressed by Conte and his technical staff at Cobham.
Let’s toast to the Blues triumph as we yearn to see Chelsea become great again. Cheers!