Stamford Bridge giants Chelsea underlined their title credentials by winning 3-0 away at Tottenham Hotspurs in a fierce London Derby, which was a Gameweek Five encounter in the Premier League on Sunday.
Goals from Brazilian defender Thiago Silva, French combative diminutive midfielder N'Golo Kante and German international Antonio Rudiger helped seal all three points for the Blues but most importantly, they kept another clean sheet for the umpteenth time - as they go top of the Premier League table without having lost a single game yet.
Chelsea and "clean sheets" is something we are now getting used to on a weekly basis. The Blues have found stability in their team under the management of Thomas Tuchel, and there is a lot of hope in the German's tactical nous to help them win the Premier League come the month of May, 2022.
Chelsea's habit of keeping clean sheets is down to the work done by Tuchel on the team's defence set-up. Several fans were not pleased with the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and Andreas Christensen prior to Tuchel's arrival. However, these names are now top picks for the Starting XI for the Blues.
Tuchel began by migrating from a back-four to a back-three which revolutionised Chelsea's 2020/21 season and saw them win the UEFA Champions League title. This campaign, he has stuck more with the 4-3-3 system which seems to be paying off, even when the results are in a stalemate. There is this sense of belief that things would work out eventually.
One amazing stat to note is that since Thomas Tuchel came on board, Chelsea have kept 24 clean sheets from 38 matches; 19 from last season and 5 out of a possible 7 for the current campaign. This is the most number kept by any club in the Top Five Leagues in Europe this season. It is even more remarkable to note that these clean sheets kept by Chelsea have come against some stellar names: Liverpool, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspurs, defending premier league champions Manchester City and current Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
There's a mixed combination of defenders that Tuchel relies upon. Each combination of players used thus far have been equal to the task every time they were called upon.
Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilucueta, Trevoh Chalobah, Antonio Rudiger, Reese James and the ever-dependable goalkeeper Edouard Mendy have all had a hand in their impressive defensive record.
The 2021/2022 season has already begun and it is still early days to decide how the campaign will pan out. There is still a long way to go but conceding only two goals so far: one in the UEFA Super Cup against Villarreal and one in the Premier League at the hands of Liverpool, the Blues look stronger than ever in defence and more likely to continue their trend of racking up the clean sheets.
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