After a superb display beating Everton 5-0 at home, many experts are now saying that Chelsea are one of the favourites to win the Premiership.
Who can argue with that? It seems that new manager Antonio Conte has really put his enthusiasm into the team. This has led to a completely different style of football to what we witnessed from Chelsea last season.
Man of the Match Hazard
Put simply, it seems like many of the Chelsea stars are enjoying playing football again. The most notable standout being Eden Hazard, after his 2 goals and man of the match performance yesterday.
That puts Hazard at 7 goals this season, compared to 4 goals for the whole of last season. I think he is definitely enjoying playing under the new manager.
However, Hazard isn’t even top scorer. That award goes to striker Diego Costa who is scoring for fun so far this season with 9 goals in total.
Chelsea Played Walking Football
For much of their play it was almost like Chelsea were playing walking football. They moved around with ease and never seemed to be under pressure.
Many experts are saying this is mainly due to the new 3-4-3 system, which Conte perfected with Juventus in Italy. It is now using to great effect in the Premiership with Chelsea.
When you also consider that Chelsea are not in European competition this year it’s easy to see why so many people are saying they could be champions.
I agree with this, because teams like Manchester City and Arsenal all have extra games in Europe. But during this time the Chelsea players are getting extra rest. This will make a difference, especially towards the end of the season when those big games are coming up.
Liverpool in Great Form
Another team that are being talked about as potential champions are Liverpool. They are in great form so far this season under Jurgen Klopp. And of course, have the same advantage as Chelsea because they are not involved in European competition.
Does this mean teams like Manchester City, Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United are already out of the title picture? Not at all, but many of those teams need to start winning games if they want to be seen as real title contenders.
As we all know, Manchester City had a great start to the season. And despite beating Barcelona in the Champions League last week, their Premiership form has been poor over the last month.
Pep Guardiola Focuses on Walking Football
Maybe manager Pep Guardiola has spent most of his time helping the FA come up with the new walking football rules instead of focusing on his team? He was seen watching a walking football game last week of course.
It”s still early in the season, maybe a bit too early to be saying who are going to win the Premiership, but if Chelsea keep up this form they are in with a great chance.