Chelsea moved to the summit of the Premier League after edging past Middlesbrough on Sunday at the Riverside Stadium. Diego Costa scored the solitary goal for them which was enough to take them to the top of the league.
The away side started brightly and pressed the home team hard and created early opportunities. Middlesbrough didn’t look lethal going forward and Chelsea kept on creating chances.
Conte with his new revolutionary 3-4-3 formation cause problems for the 5 men midfield of the home team. Pedro and Hazard were making life tough for the likes of De Roon, Traore and Ramirez, and the goal came in the 41st minute through Chelsea’s talisman Diego Costa, fit enough to start and fit enough to score a goal.
In the second half the Boro side came back with better intents and started to pass better. Chelsea back three were not in major problem for the whole game but the home team started to find some space and created a great opportunity for Ramirez who hit wide. Courtois was called into action in the 78th minute when Negredo’s shot was heading to the near post, but the Belgian custodian made a stunning save to keep the clean sheet intact. The game ended in the favour of Chelsea, who won it by the slightest of margins but looked the more comfortable side during the course of 90 minutes.
The Blues go top of the league thanks to Diego Costa’s goal, which gave them a sixth consecutive win and a sixth consecutive clean sheet.
Pedro came closest to double their lead, but despite their inability to grab a second, Middlesbrough were unable to do enough to get at Thibaut Courtois.
So Antonio Conte’s team march on and they’re now looking like a strong title contenders that they weren’t in the early stages.
Middlesbrough: Valdes; Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Fabio(Downing); Traore, De Roon, Clayton(Fischer), Forshaw(Leadbitter), Ramirez; Negredo
Chelsea: Courtois; Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Moses(Ivanovic), Matic, Kante; Pedro(Chalobah), Costa, Hazard(Oscar)
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