Slaven Bilic – “Chelsea are a punishment unit, better than Arsenal, Pool and City”

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has explained the key difference between Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal is that the Blues focus more on winning than style.

The Blues currently sit 10 points clear of Tottenham and Man City at the top of the Premier League table after their 2-1 win over West Ham on Monday night.

Chelsea have won 18 of their last 21 games in the top flight, including setting a new club record with 13 straight victories before their defeat to Tottenham in January.

Having played against all three of Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City, Bilic knows what key difference separates them.

“One difference between Antonio Conte’s side and, let’s say Manchester City and Arsenal, is that the latter two want to play great football, they want to do it in style. Chelsea don’t care,” Bilic said to the Evening Standard.

“First and foremost, they want to win. They are there to win and they are ready to sacrifice the beauty for the winning cause.

“They don’t care about ball position, they don’t care about outplaying you. They are solid and they counter-attack with pace and skill. They are a team, they want to do it and they are there with the coach.

“On their day, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool are definitely more ‘sexy’ than Chelsea, but only on their day. Chelsea are what I like to call a ‘Punishment Unit’. You make one mistake and it’s over, finished.

“So, let me put it this way: they would have to be very unlucky in the remainder of this season not to win the title, because I am sure they will not lose their focus or their intensity.”

The Blues have the joint-best defensive record in the top flight having conceded just 20 goals – the same as Tottenham. Though, they do have 13 clean sheets which is one more than Spurs have.

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