Chelsea’s unnoticed bid to break own Premier League record fuelling title charge

Chelsea have conceded just three goals in 10 Premier League games this season and sit top of the table, looking to break their own defensive record after a sensational start

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Chelsea‘s sturdy defence has been the foundation of their early-season success, and they could end up breaking their own Premier League record on their title charge.

The Blues have conceded just three goals after 10 top-flight matches, the second-best start to a campaign in Premier League history.

Jose Mourinho‘s Chelsea side managed to ship just two in that period to start their title-winning 2004-05 term in imperious fashion.

Whether it be scoring goals or keeping clean sheets, the Stamford Bridge rearguard are certainly earning their wage.

Wing-back Reece James netted twice in their 3-0 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday, helping Thomas Tuchel and co capitalise on Liverpool and Manchester City each dropping points.

Chelsea have conceded three goals in 10 Premier League matches

The Blues are sitting pretty at the summit of the table and welcome Burnley to west London for game No.11 next weekend.

That was stage of the season in which Mourinho and co conceded their third league goal 17 years ago, but ran out 4-1 winners away to West Bromwich Albion.

Supporters will keen to see another shutout and three points, with centre-back Andreas Christensen also hoping to build on his incredible recent record for club and country.

Christensen has helped keep clean sheets in 43 of his last 53 games for Chelsea and Denmark.

The 25-year-old last saw a strike go against his team five games ago, as Juventus beat the Blues in the Champions League.

But it was team-mate, James, who took the plaudits this time around in Newcastle.

Having galloped forward for both of his goals at St James’ Park, manager Tuchel explained post-match: “Reece is allowed to come inside, it’s not a problem.

“It’s about all the spaces where we want to attack from.

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James scored two goals at Newcastle

“We have players in all the spaces where we want to be dangerous so if there is a winger pinned wide or waiting wide, Reece is absolutely allowed to take the space.

“We need the wing-backs to arrive also in the box in the end of our attacks.”

Evidently, the Chelsea boss is keen on his ‘defenders’ contributing in both boxes due to at least one of them scoring a goal in their last four league games.

“It’s a complex game and I think that maybe Reece cannot score if Callum does not do the dribbling,” Tuchel went on to say.

“And maybe Callum [Hudson-Odoi] cannot do the dribbling if Chilly [Ben Chilwell] is not opening the space.

“We were dangerous on the first post with Kai [Havertz], in the middle with Ross [Barkley] and then on the second post with Ruben [Loftus-Cheek].

“Then it’s possible to score beyond the far post. So that’s why sometimes our strikers are sacrificing themselves to create chances and spaces for the others.”

If the Blues keep it up, their glories of 2005 could well return.

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