• Chelsea have equalled the record for the most wins in a single Premier League season (29, also achieved by the Blues in 04/05 and 05/06).

    Source: @OptaJoe : Data correct as at 2017-05-15

Three in Garth Crook’s Team of the Week

Article published on 2016-10-06 by ChelseaStats in Uncategorised.

Odd, to me at least, that Matic is considered more energetic than Willian.

Don’t know why Swansea is mentioned for Costa nor winning the game, 1-0 would have been enough.

Right midfield – Willian (Chelsea)
What a wonderful finish by Willian against Hull City. The Brazilian was voted Chelsea’s best player last season and quite rightly. He seldom misses a game through injury and provides a touch of class in the Chelsea midfield to complement the more energetic members of the engine room like Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante. My only criticism with him is that he doesn’t make a fuss. A typical example of this was when Hull centre-back Curtis Davies clearly chopped Willian down in the penalty area and referee Anthony Taylor waved play on. Willian raised his arms in disbelief – a reaction I have seen before from the Brazilian when a clear miscarriage of justice has occurred – but, in my view, it is not enough. Players know when a referee has got something badly wrong and not bringing it to his attention does you no favours.

Centre midfield – N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Kante might not be the finest finisher in the world. In fact, he’s not a finisher at all. A point that was clearly demonstrated in the game against Hull. In the end, Chelsea beat the Tigers comfortably but it was the running power of Kante that provided the platform for a very important victory for manager Antonio Conte to stop the run of defeats for Chelsea. Kante is every footballer’s dream team-mate. Anyone who can put in the amount of unselfish running Kante provides each week should be rewarded by his team-mates with a percentage of their bonuses.

Striker – Diego Costa (Chelsea)
Costa’s finish against Swansea was a cold and as calculated as it gets. Not only did it destroy any impetus Hull had of getting back into the game, but it signalled that Chelsea, after two bad defeats by Liverpool and Arsenal, were back on the march. I could have picked Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke or Everton forward Romelu Lakaku instead this week, but only one striker actually won the game for his team and that was Costa.

Source:   BBCSport