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Five Reasons Why Chelsea Can Win The Premier League

Chelsea’s emphatic 5-0 win over Everton underlined their title credentials as they blew past the Toffees who went into the game off the back of a win against West Ham.

We examine five reasons why Chelsea can launch a viable title bid this season.

Conte’s 3-4-3

The effect of Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation is quite astonishing seeing as Chelsea are currently thriving in the system. Having been forced to change his tactical approach after the loss against Arsenal, Conte seems to have struck gold with his new formation.

Not many Premier League sides have utilized a three-man defense in recent seasons, but judging by Chelsea’s current form, it seems like the structure has been ingrained in Chelsea for quite some time (which of course isn’t the case).

Chelsea has not conceded a goal in their last five Premier League outings – within that time, they’ve picked up five wins in a conventional manner, scored 17 goals and have played entertaining football.

David Luiz has seemingly assumed the mantle of Chelsea’s defensive leader – he’s doing a great job manning the back-three which has come across as a bit of a surprise due to his tendency to push forward.

Diego Costa’s Impressive Form

Diego Costa appears to have rekindled the fire that saw him score 20 goals in Chelsea’s 2014/15 title-winning campaign. Last season was an odd one for Diego Costa and other Chelsea players alike, his goal tally hardly moved last season which is somewhat of a complete contrast to this term.

Costa currently sits atop the Premier League table with eight goals in 10 games – a 0.8 goal per game ratio that could see him win the golden boot award come the end of the season.

The Brazil-born Spaniard seems to have turned his focus from influencing games in an aggressive manner to scoring goals – which he’s currently doing very well at.

Every title contender needs a player that can consistently hit the back of the net – if Costa can maintain his form up until the end of the season then Chelsea will have a great chance of clinching the Premier League title.

Lack of European Commitments

Unlike Spurs, Arsenal, and Manchester City, Chelsea isn’t involved in any European competition this season – a fact which favors the Blues in the title race.

At some point in the season, fatigue will set in as players begin to tire out from featuring in a flurry of fixtures. Club’s playing in the Champions League and Europa League will find it difficult to keep their players fresh and fit for domestic games, whereas Chelsea can channel all their focus and energy into the Premier League.

Top teams have already dropped points this season following midweek fixtures. Over the course of the season, European commitments will begin to take a toll on the players who feature in the league and European Cups for their respective sides.

Injuries and fitness problems won’t hit Chelsea as hard as it would affect the sides currently playing in the Champions League or Europa.

Squad-depth

Chelsea’s squad has tremendous depth with a number of quality players waiting in the wings to come into the fray in the event of an injury or suspension to a mainstay in the first-team lineup.

Mitchy Batshuayi remains a very capable goalscorer within Chelsea’s ranks who can’t get ample game time due to Costa’s current form. Should Costa get injured at any point, the Belgium international will be ready to take his place and as we all know - he can pose a constant threat to opposition defenders.

Willian, Fabregas, Oscar, Mikel, and Loftus-Cheek are the midfield options yet to break into the first team this season; not many teams have this amount of quality players waiting in the wings, which more or less sums up Chelsea’s status as a title contender.

Eden Hazard’s Masterclass

Eden Hazard was one of Chelsea’s biggest underperformers last season, but now, he’s seemingly the London outfit’s most important piece of the puzzle.

Hazard has a free role in Conte’s 3-4-3 system which has enabled him to exert his influence on games to full effect, something he failed to do for the most of last season’s campaign.

He’s set to be mentioned in the same breath as the world’s elite once again. Hazard’s influence at Chelsea can’t be overestimated, with him in the side; Chelsea can win the league.

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He’s well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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