Chelsea have been absolutely outstanding during the first half of the campaign, winning 13 of their 16 league fixtures so far.
Antonio Conte has been a revelation since taking over at Stamford Bridge and the charismatic Italian has already won fans over with his enthusiasm and passion on the touch-line. In fact, his energy and thirst for success has carried over onto the pitch and Chelsea are looking like genuine title contenders.
Ten consecutive wins have helped the Blues to establish a commanding lead at the summit of the Premier League table and it is difficult to envision Conte’s men dropping points on current form.
Chelsea are six points clear of second place Liverpool as of December 16th and plenty of neutrals will be expecting the Blues to hold onto their lead in the second half of the campaign; especially if Diego Costa continues his fine run of goal scoring form.
Simply put, Costa has been on another level this year. In fact, Chelsea wouldn’t be six points clear without his efforts in front of goal and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Costa extend his advantage in the race for the Golden Boot this season. At the time of writing, the Spain star has notched 12 goals – and nobody in the top flight has scored more than Costa so far this campaign.
If Conte can keep Costa focused on the task at hand, Chelsea will continue to reap rewards from his extensive skill set. With the likes of Sergio Aguero and Sanchez picking up suspensions and niggling injuries, it could be Costa’s time to snag an individual award or two as well.
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Ultimately, Costa’s goals will give the Blues a great chance of winning every time they step onto a football pitch. However, you have to give credit where it is due and Chelsea’s solid defensive unit deserve plenty of plaudits for their recent rise to prominence.
The likes of David Luiz and Gary Cahill, previously criticised for their inability to defend and poor form, have really stepped up to the plate since Conte arrived and the Blues have conceded just 11 goals so far this season; the joint-lowest total in the top flight.
But at the end of the day, goals win matches and Costa will have to deal with the pressure of leading the line on a weekly basis. As Chelsea’s main striker, the Spain star will be expected to continue his fine run of form as they look to get their hands back on the title.
Nothing is a given at the top level of English football but on current form, you’d be hard pressed to back against Costa leading the Blues to the Premier League crown.