Chelsea have gone from title outcasts to being among the favourites after three consecutive wins for the Blues.
With Chelsea’s weird transfer window, many pundits claimed Chelsea will struggle this season, and after the opening day defeat which was down to a Gary Cahill red card, the newspapers all claimed Chelsea will be bullied by the two Manchester clubs in the race for the title.
Three wins after, and they now believe Chelsea can win the league.
“Three wins on the spin and another goal from Alvaro Morata and Chelsea’s summer crisis faded a little further into the distance,” said Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail.
“True enough the Premier League champions did not have things all their own way at Leicester.
“There were times when their nerves jangled in this high-energy duel but they survived the scares, defended like they really meant it and proved clinical in front of goal.
“Tiemoue Bakayoko is looking stronger and fitter in tandem with N’Golo Kante, last season’s Footballer of the Year, who scored Chelsea’s second goal and was typically flawless in the heart of midfield.
“They stalk the Manchester clubs at the top of the table as if the internal strife generated by missed transfers, the exiling of Diego Costa and an opening-day defeat at home against Burnley never happened.”
Tom Hopkinson of the Mirror said: “Alvaro Morata is fast becoming Chelsea’s head boy after scoring a third goal with his noggin this season.
“The Spaniard’s opener made it three goals in four games since his £67million signing from Real Madrid.
“And it put defending champions Chelsea on the path to victory over the previous season’s Premier League winners.
“Kante will be hoping it’s not his last [goal] of this campaign but if it is then at least it was decisive.
“It wasn’t just his strike — a low, driven effort from 30 yards — which stood him out from the crowd as man of the match but the way he consistently broke up Leicester’s possession.
“He positions himself so well he rarely needs to make a tackle, nicking the ball away from his old pals time and again then setting up his more forward-thinking team-mates.”
Matt Law of the Telegraph said: “Three successive victories and three goals for record signing Alvaro Morata. For a club that supposedly messed up the transfer window, Chelsea could be far worse off.
“Antonio Conte’s men had to hang on to this latest win at times, following Jamie Vardy’s penalty, but there are signs that some of Chelsea’s summer business will prove to be very wise indeed.
“Add in the fact that Eden Hazard returned from injury as a late substitute against Leicester City and it is clear that Conte’s squad is more than capable of making sure the Premier League title is not a contest between the two Manchester clubs.”