Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to this renascent Chelsea side, now the title race is becoming a procession and it is starting to feel like we are witnessing one of the great managerial performances of the modern era, is that there are still three months of the season to go and nobody can surely expect them to surrender their position now.
What other conclusion can we possibly draw after their latest freewheeling victory and another day when it was laid out in precise terms why Antonio Conte’s men are pulling clear with the chasing pack little more than in the speck in the distance? Chelsea have now won all but one of their matches at Stamford Bridge this season. A team who finished 10th last season have reinvented themselves as champions-in-waiting, averaging more than two points a game, and in the process they have accelerated what is becoming known as the annual Arsenal meltdown.
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