Chelsea legend analyses the reason for Chelsea’s strong defence

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Last season, fans and pundits were complaining about Chelsea’s very poor defence, as the Blues tended to leak goals with every opportunity and conceded 54 goals in the Premier League.

However, it has been a different story this term, with Chelsea having one of the best defence so far in the Premier League.

Chelsea have conceded only 11 goals in 11 games so far this season while having kept 5 clean sheets, and considering the fact that eight of those goals came at a time when Chelsea were still struggling at the back, in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, and 3-3 draw against West Brom and Southampton.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has now analysed the reason for Chelsea’s solid defending.

“Our backline clearly has a more settled look right now and that always helps. Historically, the best defences have been not only solid in the way they play but in the regularity and length of their time playing together. You can take your pick as to who or what is the most important factor from a long list,” Pat Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website.

“Maybe it is the full-backs. Ben Chilwell one side and either Cesar or Reece on the other has a rather rock-solid look about it. Square pegs in square holes and each perfectly capable of adding something special in attack alongside their specialities in defending.

“Maybe it is the goalkeeper who has made the lion’s share of the difference? His stats right now are superb! This isn’t new for Edouard Mendy. At Rennes last season he conceded less than a goal per game over the length of the campaign, so this seems unlikely to be a short-term run of glorious form.

“His dominance of his area has had a massive effect on those in front of him as well, so he has definitely been part of the upward swing in our fortunes.

“Goalkeeping still isn’t always the place that people look at first when thinking about clean sheets. Attention is just as likely to focus on the centre-backs, and surely by now every Chelsea fan has figured out just how special, calm and talented Thiago Silva is.

“It is a pleasure to watch him every week and he is certainly having a huge effect on the form of Kurt Zouma; the big man has even decided to go on a scoring spree to add to his dominant displays at the back. Four goals is a great return from the centre-back.”

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