BLUES LEGEND REVEALS THREE CHELSEA PLAYERS THAT HAVE IMPROVED GREATLY

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Chelsea have been in great form this season as the Blues are yet to lose a game in all competitions this season.

Eden Hazard has been the star of the team, but a number of players have also been in form and have aided Chelsea’s unbeaten status.

Blues legend Pat Nevin has hailed Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for their form in recent weeks.

He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “Prior to the game at Burnley it looked as if it might be a very tricky 90 minutes. No Eden Hazard and Sean Dyche’s men are famously tough to beat at home. On top of that they were desperate for a result. What followed was a superb display by a Chelsea team that was to a man, on or near their best form.

“It is tough to know where to start but Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley and now Ruben Loftus Cheek are all improving at an exponential rate. They have scored 10 goals between the three of them in the last five games. It can’t be just down to luck because we are well into the season and the initial good start in terms of play and results has come to look like the norm as they all get better.

“There was a moment when Alvaro got a hefty hit at the weekend and it seemed to have two effects. Firstly, it got the home fans on his case and secondly, it riled our striker into giving as good as he got. As for Ross, he has clearly had a breakthrough few weeks that have increased his confidence and it would be no surprise if he just continues in this vein and maybe even improves further.

“Some of the reasons have been covered on this page already, but on top of his fitness, the learning under Maurizio Sarri and the quality players around him, there is also another factor I can see affecting Ross. Instead of always playing the killer ball because the expectation is so high, as it was for him at Everton, he simply plays the right ball more often. Not being the star of the show, or expected to be the star of the show all the time, has improved his all-round game.

“It may be that Ross’s improvement is one of the other reasons why Ruben has had a breakthrough week too. With Ross muscling his way into what seemed a totally settled side, it has shown his younger England compatriot that there is actually a way in, it isn’t impossible after all. That way into the side isn’t complicated, it’s simply that you have to be good when you get your chance and you have to keep the levels up for the entire game, and then a run of games after that.”

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.