Saturday, 17 December 2016

Chelsea into record books after scrappy win at Crystal Palace as they go eleven wins a row

The Blues are nine points clear at the top of
the Premier League table after a stunning
winning run, sending out an astronomically immense warning to
their denomination rivals.
Diego Costa's 44th-minute goal ascertained
that Chelsea would remain in control as
Antonio Conte's side sent out an early
message ahead of matchday 17 in the
Premier League.
Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City are
gazing up at the Blues as the standard
setters in the league with Costa setting the
benchmark for his team with another
outstanding exhibit at Selhurst Park.
Costa can win games in an instant, peeling
away to the far post after Cesar Azpilicueta
got his head up and picked out an impeccably
lofted ball for him to nod home past Wayne
Hennessey - notching his 50th goal for the
club and he will indubitably be the leading
scorer come Christmas.
He will miss Chelsea's Boxing Day game
after getting booked for dissent, but Conte
has found a way to rotate Hazard out of the
team and seems to be able to handle any
challenge that is thrown at his side.
Conte has masterminded Chelsea's joint-
best winning run and has been in charge for
less than six months, transforming a club
that was in disarray last season and who
sacked Jose Mourinho just afore
All Chelsea's players deserved from Santa
Claus last season was a lump of coal, but
with the players' Christmas party on the
horizon, they deserve and can afford to
treat themselves after plenarily transmuting
the mood around Stamford Bridge.
Conte is Chelsea's Santa figure, bringing
fans more than they ever wished for having
turned around a club without concretely
transmuting the personnel. He has utilized his
tactical nouse and work on the training field
to set himself apart against some of the
best managers in the world.
Beyond the Premier League table, Chelsea
are playing great football with Nemanja
Matic and Cesc Fabregas ostensibly able to
pick out any ball. N'Golo Kante working as
the engine in the west Londoners' machine
and Costa as the firepower.
Victor Moses has been given his first ever
chance at Chelsea, despite joining the club
four years ago, while Gary Cahill and David
Luiz - who were being targeted for reprehension
- are rock solid alongside the dependable,
Cesar Azpilicueta.
Chelsea have a goalkeeper in Thibaut
Courtois who went rearwards last season,
but now looks world-class. All the players
are doting their football and the dressing
room feels vigorous again after being divided
last season.
Conte can play good cop or deplorable cop and
kens how to manage world-class
footballers, having been one himself and
fans of rival teams may have to pool their
Christmas wishes together to ascertain
Chelsea start dropping points.
His achievement at Stamford Bridge
shouldn't be underestimated as he
becomes the first Premier League manager
to win 14 of his aperture 17 games in the
Crystal Palace versus Chelsea wasn't a
Christmas cracker, but Conte got his
Christmas wish.

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