Three Chelsea weaknesses that could end their impeccable run
As things stand, Chelsea look set to run away with the Premier League title.
The Blues finished Boxing Day nine points clear at the division’s summit after claiming a twelfth consecutive win, comfortably dispatching Bournemouth 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
During that club-record twelve-game run, inspired by Antonio Conte’s switch to a 3-4-3 formation, the Blues have kept ten clean sheets, conceded just twice and scored a stunning 28 goals – which averages out at 2.3 strikes per game.
Indeed, the west London outfit look unstoppable, especially with Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola still finding their feet at Manchester City and Manchester United respectively, Arsenal already buckling under the pressure and Liverpool set to lose Sadio Mane (and potentially Joel Matip) to the African Cup of Nations.
But there is no such thing as unbeatable in the beautiful game and especially in the increasingly competitive Premier League. Even Guardiola’s legendary Barcelona side couldn’t claim consecutive Champions League titles; even Arsenal’s Invincibles eventually lost.
With that in mind and 20 games still left to transform fortunes in the title race, we look at three Chelsea weaknesses that could bring their run to an end – and their title rivals Arsenal, City, Liverpool and United should be looking to exploit.