Chelsea have managed to fight their way up to the top end of the table – they’re on point off the leaders – since the international break and Antonio Conte’s men have established themselves as real contenders.
The rise hasn’t been without its bumps for the west London giants, though, with Conte’s side losing to Liverpool and Arsenal and midfielder Nemanja Matic stating the heavy defeat suffered against the Gunners was the turning point in Chelsea’s season.
Arsenal secured a dominant victory over their London rivals, on a day where Chelsea’s defence was suspect, and Serbia international Matic has stated this week that defeat acted as a wake-up call to the squad.
“You know sometimes you need to lose the game to wake up.” he said. “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 showed quality, we don’t concede, and we score goals.”
Since the defeat to title rivals Arsenal, Chelsea have won three consecutive matches and have conceded zero goals, beating defending champions Leicester City and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United along the way.
Those wins have put Chelsea back in contention and the Blues now face a crucial run of fixtures up to the end of November, where they will take on Southampton, Everton, Middlesbrough and Tottenham.