With a gritty 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, Chelsea have stretched their lead at the top of Premier League table and look firmly in control to win their 5th league title.
Diego Costa was once again the goal-scorer for Antonio Conte as the Spaniard took his tally for the season to 12 goals. Eden Hazard’s return to starting XI and a rock solid defense were some of the positives for Chelsea to take from Selhurst Park tonight.
On the wake of an impressive win for The Blue, we take a look at the things learned and talking points from Chelsea’s 1-0 triumph over Crystal Palace.
Boxing day will be tough for Chelsea
Tonight was aa win for Chelsea and Antonio Conte but it has indeed come at a price. By picking their 5th yellow cards of the season, Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante have been suspended from the boxing day encounter against Bournemouth.
Diego Costa is driving this Chelsea team forward
Costa was a man hated by the Chelsea fans last season where he only brought negativity to the club, however, with Conte coming in, The Spaniard has flourished and is banging goals for fun. His 12th league goal of the season was enough for Chelsea to win the match tonight like it has been in recent weeks.
Palace need to defend better
Crystal Palace were at their resolute best but ended up giving a soft goal which once again cost them the points, like it did against Manchester United in the midweek. Palace defenders allowed too much of time and space for Costa to direct his header back past the keeper. Alan
Alan Pardrew’s side have been scoring goals but when it comes to keeping clean sheets, they are not getting their acts together and as a result of it are losing matches.
Chelsea’s current back-line could be the best ever
With no disrespect to Jose Mourinho’s mean defense back in 2005, the current Chelsea defense could be a step ahead. Conte’s 3-man defensive setup is very hard to break and it can play out of the back as well. No wonder, Blues are going towards clinching yet another Premier League trophy this season.