Right now, Chelsea are unstoppable.
The Blues have only failed to win one of their last 10 games, as they sit pretty at the top of the Premier League going into a relentless December. November has often been the season-defining month, making or breaking their campaign, yet they are on the verge of going unbeaten for a second consecutive month.
Talks of the title are premature, but when comparing Chelsea’s start to previous title-winning seasons, you would be naive to argue otherwise.
After 12 games, Chelsea have 29 points – just below the 30 points average across their previous title successes – and their greatest goal difference yet, with more points at this stage than their last title win in 2017.
The numbers and the football are on the right track, and while we are not even a third of the way through the season, it is hard not to be excited.
Returning from the international break, Chelsea were faced with three tough fixtures back-to-back, ones which could either build superb momentum heading into Christmas or potentially derail their title challenge. The triple header certainly looked tough on paper, but so far the Blues have made it look like light work.
A trip over land and sea to Leicester City kicked off the trio of must-win games, and Thomas Tuchel’s men put in one of their most all-round performances of the season. The Foxes could not respond to the clinical attacking football on display and barely managed to breach the Blues’ defence, as they ran out 3-0 winners in emphatic style.
Juventus posed a unique challenge next at Stamford Bridge as one of only two teams to have defeated Chelsea, gunning for top spot in the Champions League group. The hosts believed they could get the win, and the way in which they swept the Bianconeri aside was just vintage Chelsea football.
Leading 1-0 at half-time thanks to Trevoh Chalobah’s acute finish, the floodgates opened after the break. Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi secured the win within three manic minutes in front of the Matthew Harding Stand, before Timo Werner put the icing on the cake in stoppage time.
The Blues’ 4-0 victory was a statement fit for the Champions of Europe, inflicting Juventus with their heaviest defeat ever in the Champions League. Two out of two going into the final instalment of the triple header, and what a way to cap it off.
Chelsea have faced all the big boys of the Premier League bar one: Manchester United.
Tipped as fellow title contenders at the start of the season, United have been nothing short of underwhelming so far. They sit eighth, 12 points off the top with just one win in their last seven league games. That form cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his job, just missing out on a trip to the team he has never lost to in the league.
The Red Devils are a sleeping giant in waiting, spearheaded by the enigmatic Cristiano Ronaldo among a star-studded team. That is why they have been so underwhelming, with the quality of their squad – at least in attack – failing to live up to expectations.
Now United have one of the finest minds in football incoming in Ralf Rangnick, the man who shaped Tuchel into the manager he is today. Michael Carrick will still be at the helm on Sunday, but the momentum and confidence as a result of Rangnick’s imminent arrival will breathe fresh life into a depleted, spineless Manchester United.
It is not ideal for Chelsea, but they will not be fazed by it. After all, they are top of the league and running riot, slaying every opponent who lies in their path. Tuchel trusts the players and vice versa, and if anything, it is just another day at the office when the Red Devils come down to west London.
There will be extra motivation for Chelsea, who are aiming to end their barren home streak against United.
The Blues have not won an encounter at the Bridge since November 2017, when Álvaro Morata’s gorgeous header gifted the then defending champions a 1-0 win on Bonfire Night. Since then, Morata has changed club twice, Chelsea’s manager made his way to arch rivals Tottenham and Manchester United have not won another trophy.
It has been far too long since west London was rocking after a win against the giants of English football, but this must be their best chance to change that. Chelsea are in the form of their life and coming up against a managerless out-of-form team who have conceded more goals than they have scored. The odds are in the Blues’ favour.
Sunday has a mouth-watering clash in store, as Chelsea will do whatever it takes to round off the triple header in perfect fashion.
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