Relentless Chelsea make title statement and rivals should be worried

In Thomas Tuchel’s own words, nothing is decided in November. And it should not be forgotten that Lampard’s side had led the table just weeks before he was unceremoniously axed by the club he was such a legendary player for.

But this feels like a very different Chelsea to the one he departed in January – and that was emphasised with this 3-0 win at Leicester

Tuchel has already delivered the Champions League – now he is on course for domestic success.

Manchester City and Liverpool will have much to say about that – but there is a relentlessness about Chelsea that Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp will recognise. Because it bears the hallmarks of their own recent title triumphs.

“We’re top of the league!” the away fans chanted – and the question is: Who can knock them off their perch?

Chelsea appear to have the tools to handle just about anything put in front of them.

Injuries to Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Mason Mount in recent weeks have done nothing to halt their march to the top.

Leicester might be struggling in the wrong half of the table after a difficult start to the season – but a lunchtime kick-off at the King Power remains a test of any team’s credentials.

Chelsea simply rolled over them.

Their margin of victory could easily have been doubled with marginal offside calls ruling out further goals, Kasper Schmeichel pulling off a couple of fine saves and Ben Chilwell hitting the woodwork.

They still might not have the flair of City or Liverpool, but Chelsea’s dominance of games is beginning to be more closely reflected by the goals they score.

This is the seventh time in the league this season that they have scored three or more goals in a game.

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