Antonio Conte has played down the significance of being contenders to finish at the summit next May like a cool, calculated poker player who knows he has a very strong hand, but it hard not to believe that Chelsea have a realistic opportunity of challenging for the title.

Four straight wins, combined with four clean sheets, is certainly the form of potential champions. Anyone who tells you otherwise are either cautious of getting their hopes up after just ten games, or support one of the other teams currently at the top.

Betway continue to shorten our odds on finishing as champions in the latest Premier League betting market, and going by our latest performance, it is easy to see why. I was thoroughly impressed by the comprehensive and convincing manner of our 2-0 victory at Southampton, given how difficult it is to go to St. Mary’s and get a result.

Two superb goals and an excellent performance to boot, Conte seems to have found the perfect formula to get us bang on form at both ends of the pitch.

I think it is easy to see just how big an impact Conte has made since arriving at the Bridge. He walked through the doors amid an air of optimism following a strong Euro 2016 campaign in charge of Italy, but instead of rushing in like a bull in a china shop and making wholesale changes, he stuck with the same system that his predecessors used and gave the players an opportunity to impress.

If we are being honest, we should not have felt surprised at what happened; the team looked flat, unorganised and lacking confidence as Chelsea were a carbon copy of the side that endured a never-ending nightmare last season.

It was enough for Conte to enforce the style of play that proved so successful during three years in charge at Juventus, as not only has a switch to a back three made a big difference to how defensively resolute the team are, but a greater emphasis on building from the back and moving the ball quickly allowing us to enjoy some superb football.

We can all agree that Eden Hazard’s return to his brilliant best is more than welcome after a year where he was completely unrecognisable from the player who was simply irresistible throughout the 2014/2015 campaign.

The Belgian wizard has really been on top of his game alongside Diego Costa who, despite the continuous rubbish about his over-aggressive persona, is scoring goals for fun at the moment and may long it continue. You would also be hard pressed to find anyone who has seen Victor Moses play as well as he has been as a Chelsea shirt, with the Nigerian winger reborn as a right-sided wing-back who offers excellent protection at the back and a real threat going forwards.

I could name more who have really stood out, but the greatest quality of Conte’s Chelsea team is their collective spirit and unity; you could see just how much the win at Southampton meant to the players who worked hard for one another, with the only criticism being that they did not win by a greater margin.

It is no surprise that Chelsea’s odds of winning under Antonio Conte on Betway’s website, both in terms of every game that comes along and the Premier League title, are extremely strong right now. Every aspect of our game is on point at the moment, with Conte working wonders to build a structure back three that includes a player in David Luiz that many felt was not disciplined enough to focus on doing the dirty work in defence. Combine that with our ability to break down opposition forays into our half through N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic, along with fast-paced attacks and clinical finish at the other end, and what you have is a team capable of mounting a serious title challenge.

Antonio Conte has played down the significance of being contenders to finish at the summit next May like a cool, calculated poker player who knows he has a very strong hand, but it hard not to believe that Chelsea have a realistic opportunity of challenging for the title.

Four straight wins, combined with four clean sheets, is certainly the form of potential champions. Anyone who tells you otherwise are either cautious of getting their hopes up after just ten games, or support one of the other teams currently at the top. Betway continue to shorten our odds on finishing as champions in the latest Premier League betting market, and going by our latest performance, it is easy to see why.

I was thoroughly impressed by the comprehensive and convincing manner of our 2-0 victory at Southampton, given how difficult it is to go to St. Mary’s and get a result. Two superb goals and an excellent performance to boot, Conte seems to have found the perfect formula to get us bang on form at both ends of the pitch.

I think it is easy to see just how big an impact Conte has made since arriving at the Bridge. He walked through the doors amid an air of optimism following a strong Euro 2016 campaign in charge of Italy, but instead of rushing in like a bull in a china shop and making wholesale changes, he stuck with the same system that his predecessors used and gave the players an opportunity to impress. If we are being honest, we

If we are being honest, we should not have felt surprised at what happened; the team looked flat, unorganised and lacking confidence as Chelsea were a carbon copy of the side that endured a never-ending nightmare last season.

It was enough for Conte to enforce the style of play that proved so successful during three years in charge at Juventus, as not only has a switch to a back three made a big difference to how defensively resolute the team are, but a greater emphasis on building from the back and moving the ball quickly allowing us to enjoy some superb football.

We can all agree that Eden Hazard’s return to his brilliant best is more than welcome after a year where he was completely unrecognisable from the player who was simply irresistible throughout the 2014/2015 campaign.

The Belgian wizard has really been on top of his game alongside Diego Costa who, despite the continuous rubbish about his over-aggressive persona, is scoring goals for fun at the moment and may long it continue. You would also be hard pressed to find anyone who has seen Victor Moses play as well as he has been as a Chelsea shirt, with the Nigerian winger reborn as a right-sided wing-back who offers excellent protection at the back and a real threat going forwards. I could name more who have really stood out, but the greatest quality of Conte’s Chelsea team is their collective spirit and unity; you could see just how much the win at Southampton meant to the players who worked hard for one another, with the only criticism being that they did not win by a greater margin.

 

 

It is no surprise that Chelsea’s odds of winning under Antonio Conte on Betway’s website, both in terms of every game that comes along and the Premier League title, are extremely strong right now. Every aspect of our game is on point at the moment, with Conte working wonders to build a structure back three that includes a player in David Luiz that many felt was not disciplined enough to focus on doing the dirty work in defence. Combine that with our ability to break down opposition forays into our half through N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic, along with fast-paced attacks and clinical finish at the other end, and what you have is a team capable of mounting a serious title challenge.

I do not want to get carried away and believe, with some certainty, that we will finish as champions come the end of May, but the next few fixtures could prove decisive. Facing Everton at the Bridge before yet another international break (yawn) will be a strong test of our credentials, with following games against Middlesbrough (A), Tottenham (H) and Manchester City (A) also not standing out as what some would define as “easy.” We are currently a point behind the league leaders at present, and if Chelsea remain in a similar, or better, position at the start of December, then the “T” word could grow in volume.

 

 

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