Chelsea currently sit top of the Barclays Premier League, the best league in the country and arguably, the world. This theoretically makes them the best side in the country currently. This season they have been unstoppable for the majority of the campaign disposing of most teams with a mixture of good defensive work and amazing attacking abilities.
Perhaps, Chelsea have looked so lethal this season due to their lack of European involvement and their fairly early exit from the EFL Cup at the hands of West Ham. This has allowed them to overpower bigger teams who have had other competition commitments while also easing past lower opposition in the league. They are also in the FA Cup Semi-Finals where they await an eager Spurs side at Wembley, meaning the West London club could complete an impressive double come the end of May.
Antonio Conte, who took over the management role at the London club at the beginning of the season, has silenced many critics who perhaps thought he would struggle somewhat on his English debut and that Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho would dominate the division. His introduction of the 3-4-3 formation helped transform the side who hadn’t started the season superbly. Conte’s change of the Chelsea formation saw his side win 13 consecutive games in the league which helped them take the lead in the table and would have seen them break Arsenal’s 14 game winning record if not for Dele Alli’s double in a 2-0 Spurs victory of Chelsea.
Much of their success has been equally on the team performances than it has the individual ones. The defence seemed to be the most talked about part of the team at the beginning of the changed formation with the 3 centre backs; Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and the recently returned David Luiz who opposition teams found difficult to score against. The use of the wing backs; the former outcast, Victor Moses and recently acquired Marcos Alonso have helped the back 3 and also been useful to the solid midfield including Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante, while the front 3 have also been in top form this season.
Chelsea have had so many outstanding performers this season that other quality players have been limited to first team chances this season such as Club Captain John Terry, Cesc Fabregas and even Willian has seen his chances slightly limited compared to his incredible season last year. The world class performances from individuals in the team have also put Kante, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa as main contenders for this seasons PFA player of the year. (Hazard previously won the award in the 2014/15 season when Chelsea last won the Premier League).
The Blues are currently on 69 points, 10 points clear from 2nd place Tottenham and with only 10 games left of the current season, it does look almost certain that Chelsea will win the 2016/17 Premier League comfortably. It won’t be complete plain-sailing for the league leaders though, as they still have to play Manchester City, Manchester United and tough games against the inform Everton and West Brom before the seasons over.
With only 10 games to go, Chelsea will hope to win their 2nd Premier League title in 3 years and their 5th Premier League title overall. They may not be looking as fluent in recent weeks but should have the experience and know-how to storm to the title with less than a dozen games to go.
Chelsea’s best moments of the 2016/17 season so far. Credits to LINUSHJOHANSEN.