Antonio Conte has done incredibly well since taking over at Chelsea in the summer and the Blues boss deserves plenty of credit for their current position at the top of the table.
With 15 games remaining, Chelsea have developed a commanding advantage in the title race and the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool will find it tough to displace Conte’s men at the summit of English football.
Diego Costa’s goals have been a big reason for Chelsea’s success – especially after his well-documented struggles last season. The Spaniard, who was linked with a move away from the club in January, has notched 15 goals so far this year and he is currently level with Alexis Sanchez in the battle for the Golden Boot.
With the Chelsea man staying put until the summer, Costa can now focus on firing his side to a fifth Premier League crown.
As of February 3rd, Chelsea are nine points clear of second place and it would take a brave man to back against the Blues with just 45 points left to play for. Conte’s men have lost just three games all season and their defensive stability has been a key reason for their success.
The Italian introduced the 3-4-3 system earlier in the year and Chelsea’s players have taken to it like a duck to water. In fact, the Blues won 13 Premier League games in a row earlier in the campaign and Conte’s scheme has played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s title bid.
You can’t take anything for granted in England’s top flight but it will take a minor miracle for the Blues to throw away the crown after such a dominant start to the season.
At the time of writing, Chelsea are priced at 2/7 with Betway to maintain their advantage for the rest of the season and it is hard to back any of their rivals with much conviction.
Arsenal always seem to struggle at the business end of the year whilst Tottenham’s squad will find it difficult to juggle their Europa League commitments. Furthermore, neither Manchester City nor Liverpool have a strong enough defensive unit to win the title right now...
Conte, Costa and the entire Chelsea squad deserve plenty of plaudits for their improvement this season. Last year was an absolute disaster at Stamford Bridge but all memories of that campaign have now been eradicated.
Chelsea’s previous boss Jose Mourinho was a huge hit during his time at the club but Conte might just be their new favourite; especially if he can bring the title back to the Bridge.