To be honest, I didn't think City played too badly in the first period, but they certainly didn't create too many chances.
It is now becoming something of a regular affair that Antonio Conte's Chelsea are taking all three points from the games all over the country.
Costa's sparkling form has been one of the major factors in helping Chelsea to build a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League table this season. The only downside was a fifth booking for goalscorer Diego Costa, who will miss the Boxing Day meeting with Bournemouth. Both the players have played every EPL game this season.
ANTONIO CONTE and his Chelsea stars took the time out to deliver Christmas presents to poorly children.
The striker has even turned out for Chelsea's Under-23 side in the Premier League 2 competition in a bid to stay sharp.
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The seasoned Serbian also felt that Batshuayi's overall game will only have improved having trained with Spaniard Costa on a daily basis. The Blues struggled in midfield past year as Nemnja Matic was overrun in the middle, while Cesc Fabregas was all too often bypassed easily in the centre. And by far the most influential buy in the summer, N Golo Kante, has also had his effect on the success of the side.
Willian, voted Chelsea's Player of the Year last season, now faces a fight to regain his status as a regular starter under Conte. While the two will provide Chelsea with a different style, it is perhaps not one that will be as potent.
Chelsea would like to offer Costa a delay which will keep the author of five Premier League assists at Stamford Bridge for two more seasons, from 2019 to 2021.
The three sides now predicted for the drop are Swansea City on 35, Sunderland on 34 and Hull City in bottom place on 33 estimated points for the campaign.