Having thrashed Manchester United 4-0, Chelsea now look like serious title contenders – and that’s not something you could have said a matter of weeks ago.
Antonio Conte’s revolution threatened to be undone by successive defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal, but since then, they have got back on track and have now overtaken Spurs into fourth place.
The 3-0 defeat to Arsenal, in particular, sent shockwaves through the club, but Conte has seemingly used the result to make some big decisions about his team selection – and so far, it’s paid off.
That was the last league game Cesc Fabregas started, for example, and Conte has now opted for a pairing of Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante.
Matic has pinpointed the Arsenal game as a turning point for the Blues, telling the Independent:
“You know sometimes you need to lose the game to wake up.
“The Arsenal game was a wake-up call for us. We knew that we had to do better, to want more, and we did that.
“It’s easy to say we needed to work harder but after Arsenal we knew we had to show that we had quality, and we have done that in the last three games. We have shown quality, we don’t concede, and we score goals.
“I was thinking about [defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool] before the game.
“This was a moment to show we can compete with every team. I’m very happy because of that.”
Question marks had been raised about Chelsea’s ability to compete under pressure, but the United result has undoubtedl put to bed any such fears.