Chelsea returned to the summit of the Premier League with a hard-fought victory over West Brom at Stamford Bridge today. A 76th minute strike by Diego Costa was the difference between both teams today.
Here are five things we learned from the game
1. DIEGO COSTA IS THE BEST STRIKER IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE
Tony Pulis set up his West Brom team to deny Chelsea forward players space to influence the game. Diego Costa showed today he needs just a chance to make the difference in a game. His only shot in the game gave Chelsea the win.
2. WEST BROM STRIKER SALOMON RONDON GAVE DAVID LUIZ A TOUGH AFTERNOON
West Brom striker Salomon Rondon gave Chelsea defender David Luiz a tough afternoon with his strength and willingness to chase every ball. Rondon’s only chance in the game was a result of Rondon forcing Luiz to a mistake.
3. CHELSEA LACKED CREATIVE NOUS FROM MIDFIELD TO BREAK A STUBBORN WEST BROM DEFENCE
Chelsea had 73% ball possession in the first half but failed to test West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster. With West Brom leaving every player behind the ball except Rondon and also playing with a 6-man defence, Chelsea lacked the creative nous from the middle to break down the West Brom defence. Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante are not the type of players that can give defence-splitting passes.
4. CHELSEA HAVE A GOOD BENCH
With Chelsea struggling to break down the West Brom defence, Antonio Conte called on Willian and Fabregas to turn the game around for Chelsea. Ivanovic also came in after Chelsea’s goal to help Chelsea keep the lead.
5. WINNING IS A HABIT FOR CHELSEA
Chelsea showed today they have what it takes to win the Premier League after getting a much needed victory without really playing well against West Brom. Antonio Conte has turned the Chelsea team into a winning machine.