It has been a dream run for the Blues, as Antonio Conte’s Chelsea have now managed a consecutive 11th win.
All eyes were on Diego Costa and co as they travelled to Crystal Palace, after ten wins on the trot, for the curtain raiser in the Premier League gameweek 17. And the team did not disappoint. The Spaniard himself scored the solitary goal against the Eagles and helped Chelsea match their all-time record of maximum number of consecutive victories.
Back in 2009, Chelsea emerged victorious in back to back 11 matches, a record they have now replicated this season. However, this is not a Premier League record yet. Arsenal won 14 league games straight in 2002, the season they ended up being invincible. Manchester United also had a streak of 12 successive victories in 2000. As the team prepare to play against Bournemouth and Stoke City in the next two weeks, it is almost certain that they would take their streak to 13 wins and then, it would be an exhilarating affair against Tottenham. The excitement would be high in that match, should everything go as planned for the league toppers.
The boss was naturally ecstatic after the match. The way Costa celebrated with the manager after scoring the opener against Palace showed the zeal in the team’s pursuit of another league title. But, the situation was not the same only three months ago.
In September, Chelsea suffered a 0-3 defeat against Arsenal and the team were languishing at the eighth spot in the table. And then, the Italian switched to a new 3-4-3 formation, with Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses as the two wingbacks. This has paid ever since, much to the delight of the fans. The team have not lost a single match since that thrashing against the Gunners.
Conte talked about this change while talking to the press after the win against Crystal Palace, “The manager must be a tailor and try and find the right fit for the team. I tried a different solution before changing the formation, but the most important thing is our strong mentality.
“It wasn’t easy to arrive and quickly understand the characteristics of my players. I needed a bit of time. We touched different aspects to try and improve. You can bring your idea of football but if you don’t have players who follow you, it doesn’t matter,” he further added.
The Chelsea boss also appreciated his players and gave them all the credits, “The run is fantastic. Congratulations to my players, not me. I am pleased because they deserve this.”
“But it is important to understand we’re only at the 17th game. We must not look at the table, or at our rivals, we have to continue working hard ourselves,” a cautious Antonio Conte signed off with promises to continue the dream journey.
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