Chelsea overcame the odds to become champions in the just concluded 2016/2017 Premier League season. No one saw that coming, especially after a woeful 10th position performance that also saw Chelsea flirt with relegation.
See some key stats that enabled Chelsea rise from mediocrity to her rightful place as the best club in England.
Hate him or love him, but you can’t deny his talent and importance to the Chelsea team.
Costa scored 20 league goals in the concluded season and his goals helped Chelsea to the title.
Of Costa’s 20 Premier League goals, he directly decided the result of seven matches, and earned his team 19 points. That’s just over 20 per cent of the Blues’ 93 points that won them the title.
Costa scored the winning or equalising goal against West Ham United (twice), Watford, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City in 2016/17. Need we say more?
Much has been said about the energetic Frenchman who has won the Premier League title back to back, but not enough has been said.
Kante didn’t win PFA Players’, Football Writers Association and Chelsea players’ Player of the Year award for nothing, he was actually the best.
The 26-year-old was everywhere, tackling, winning and intercepting balls for Chelsea and helped shore up the Chelsea midfield that looked so weak in the 2015/16 season.
No player made more interceptions at Chelsea than Kante in the whole of 2016/17 and his 126 successful tackles is just impressive.
The Antonio Conte 3-4-3 factor
Chelsea could only get 50 points in the 2015/16 campaign, and the 50-point tally was Chelsea’s worst return in close to two decades of top-flight football. It left the Blues 16 points off fourth-placed Manchester City, while Chelsea were also 13 points outside of Europa League contention.
A switch to 3-4-3 changed everything for the Blues, as Chelsea went on to win 13 straight games and won a total of 30 games in the league. Extraordinary stuff!
Chelsea’s best goalscoring season in the Premier League came in Carlo Ancelotti’s debut campaign when the Blues broke the 100-goal barrier to become the first side to ever do it.
Chelsea also scored a very high number of goals this season, with the Blues hitting the target 85 times, just one behind Tottenham who ended the season on high scoring as many goals leading to the end of the league.
Chelsea’s goals played a major role in the race for the title, as the Blues just knew how to find the back of the net.