It’s now nine points from a possible twelve in four league games and all the talks about Chelsea being in crisis is dead and buried. Chelsea’s third consecutive win just keeps them at touching distance with their rivals. Though the win against the Foxes is satisfying, it was hard-fought.
Here are three quick thoughts from the game:
CHELSEA WIN, BUT NOT TOTALLY CONVINCING:
The timing of Alvaro Morata’s third goal in four league matches was priceless after Chelsea survived a scare from a Leicester counter thirty seconds before then. A breathtaking counter-attacking move by Leicester City which saw Mahrez, Vardy and Slimani up against Cesar Azpilicueta as the only defender to beat en route to Thibaut Courtois’s goal. Mahrez teed up Slimani whose effort was importantly saved by the Chelsea goalie. Thereafter, Chelsea were in the lead in just a minute. To heap further misery on the Foxes, Kante scored Chelsea’s second five minutes after the restart.
Soon afterwards, Vardy’s leveller from the spot ensured for a frantic closing half hour. The problem is at both ends of the pitch, Chelsea were just a strike from conceding an equalizer and scoring a crucial third goal. At the end Antonio Conte side emerged winners. Chelsea would have to be more solid defensively and devastating in attack to avoid being punished for their profligacy and sloppiness in contests of this magnitude.
CHELSEA’S WIN A STEP FORWARD IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION:
“I hope and want to see the real Chelsea…”
These were Antonio Conte first words in his press conference before Chelsea’s first league game against Burnley which later ended in defeat. Conte must certainly had seen a false picture of his ideal team after the Blues were humbled by Sean Dyche’s men. But successive wins over title hopeful, Spurs, outside contender, Everton, and Craig Shakespeare’s rejuvenated Foxes are steps in the right direction which all but end talks of Chelsea likely to suffer a Mourinho season. These wins are boosters to Chelsea and Conte’s ambition of being first club and manager respectively since Manchester United to win back to back league titles.
CONTE STILL HAS THE MAGIC WAND:
For all the complexity modern managers bring to the game, from Pep Guardiola tiki-taka possession obsessed style which works with only certain calibre of players, to Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino’s preference for high energy pressing styles, Jose Mourinho’s love for pragmatism and Wenger’s free flowing attack-minded style, it is just Conte who does something that combines all styles together. Chelsea can play free flowing attacking football with high energy pressing combined with a pragmatic approach. The cluster of all these ideas makes it the Contemania effect. Chelsea are less predictable and very effective in executing Conte’s ideas. The likes of Burnley (during the second half of that game), Spurs, Everton and now Leicester City have found out that Chelsea are hard to beat, even more teams will if Conte continues in this good stead.
Let’s relive our beautiful moments. Cheers!