A first half goal from Cesc Fabregas was enough for Chelsea to see off Sunderland as the Blues consolidated their top spot in the Premier League table.
After Arsenal’s loss against Everton on Tuesday night, Antonio Conte’s men needed a victory to open a six-points lead at the top and they duly obliged with another dodgy performance. The Blues struggled to make clear-cut chances in the absence of Eden Hazard but did not face any problem defensively as Sunderland were happy to sit back and stop the Chelsea forwards. The visitors finally found the breakthrough when Fabregas steered into the far corner in the 40th minute to score his first league goal this term.
Adnan Januzaj, who performed well throughout, threatened to equalise just after the break but was denied by a fine save from Thibaut Courtois. The Blues soon regained their rhythm but failed to make it count. Willian was denied by the crossbar while Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante were denied by the Sunderland goalie. Chelsea were almost punished for missing those chances but Courtois made a world-class save to deny Patrick van Aanholt in the injury time.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:
These 10 victories in a row equals Chelsea’s best sequence of league wins contained within a single season. #SUNCHE
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 14, 2016
Save of The Season?
Save For The 3pts?
Save for The Title?
— Man Like Malan🇿🇦🇿🇼🇲🇼 (@Malan___JR) December 15, 2016
— Aditya Sriram (@adit_cfc) December 15, 2016
For a measure of how good Kante is again tonight he won a header at 5ft 6in against Kirchhoff (6ft 5in) to begin the move for Fabregas' goal
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) December 14, 2016
— Premier League (@premierleague) December 15, 2016
Chelsea have won 10 straight Premier League games since switching to a 3-4-3.
Clean sheets: 8 pic.twitter.com/s9pd8xVdyj
— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) December 15, 2016
Chelsea Football Club, pride of London, pride of England.
— #aheadofthecurve (@mediocentr0) December 14, 2016
— Michael Ballack (@Ballack) December 14, 2016
10 PL wins in a row for Chelsea, achieved against all different types of opponents, systems & tactics. Conte has built a juggernaut #cfc
— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) December 14, 2016
Chelsea: Have won more games in the Premier League this season (13) than they managed in the whole of last season (12) #cfc
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) December 14, 2016
Absolutely crucial Sunderland are defeated soundly. Can’t have clubs succeeding with 7 at the back or it’ll spread across the league.
— RG (@registability) December 14, 2016
Thibaut Courtois doesn't care about camera saves. Does his job with a straight face unlike De Gea.
— Dami (@TheChelseaWay) December 14, 2016