Chelsea at the moment are runaway leaders in the league, and look every bit as potential winners this season. Antonio Conte’s switch to the 3-4-3 system has turned the Blues into a mean machine, which was triggered by a 3-0 defeat by Arsenal.
Chelsea obviously look to be in the driving seat for the league, with already a 6 point lead, and look to be sort of “invincibles” at the moment. Now I know, with two back to back defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal before this 11 match winning streak means Chelsea can not be The Invincibles per se. But there is no harm in comparing the two teams at this stage of the season.
The Invincibles of 2003-04 season was a super star laden team. Some of the world’s best forwards at that moment in Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, some of the best defenders in Martin Keown, Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell, midfielders like Robert Pires, Ljungberg and Patrick Viera.
The whole squad was filled with superb talent. Chelsea’s squad is probably not as good as the Invincibles, but are doing quite well too, considering the competition now is almost double than it was then.
Yes, no denying the fact that there were probably only Arsenal, Chelsea, United and Liverpool to compete for the title, while now Spurs, City and even Leicester have been added to the race.
So the domination that is on display at the moment from the Blues is truly commendable. Add to the fact that Chelsea have a new manager in Antonio Conte, who is having to clean up a mess from last season.
Arsene Wenger had been Arsenal manager since 1996, and so had much much more stability than Conte did this season at the start. Wenger had his own players and his own system, while Antonio inherited Jose’s 10th placed team. But looking at the statistics till Christmas, can Chelsea match the unbeaten Arsenal team??
Well obviously 2 losses mean Chelsea are not unbeaten. But what about other important features??
Arsenal’s Invincibles had 39 points from 17 matches right up until Boxing Day. Chelsea, currently in a far more competitive environment, have 43 points from 17 matches. Good enough?? There’s more.
Top scorer that season, the excellent Thierry Henry had 10 goals in the league before Boxing Day. Our leading scorer, and the Premier League’s as well, Diego Costa already has 13!!
Arsenal had 6 clean sheets before Boxing Day in 2003, Chelsea currently have 11 from 17 matches. The Gunners had scored 31 goals, while Chelsea have hit the net 35 times.
The Blues have conceded 11 goals, Arsenal had conceded 12. So apart from the 2 losses, we are well ahead of the Invincibles. Of course we will not have that title of Invincibles, but we can certainly send a stinging message to the rivals.