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Chelsea: Are they boring, or just consistent?

“Boring, boring Chelsea,” was the chant that filled the Emirates Stadium at full-time following Arsenal’s goalless drawchels with their London rivals. The point inches the Blues ever-closer to a now inevitable fourth Premier League title.

Chelsea haven’t lost in the league since New Year’s Day, when they went down 5-3 to Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Since then, Jose Mourinho’s men have played 13 league games, winning nine of them. Seven of those nine victories have been by only one goal and you have to go back to January to find their last league win by more than the odd goal.

Does this make them boring? True, it certainly hasn’t been easy on the eye and pundits and media aren’t exactly lauding them for their victories. Yet there is something impressive about Chelsea’s consistency, and their defence which has been rock solid this campaign, save for that loss to Tottenham.

Diego Costa, their leading scorer this season pulling up with a hamstring injury against Stoke obviously blunted Chelsea’s attack. Second choice striker Loic Remy has also been absent with a calf problem, leaving 37 year-old Didier Drogba to lead the line against QPR, Manchester United and Arsenal. Surely nobody could have expected the Blues to go all out attack with just one fit striker for those three tricky fixtures. However, they still managed to collect seven points from these games, virtually assuring the Premier League trophy will return to Stamford Bridge.

joseMourinho was certainly unimpressed with the chants that rang around the Emirates at the full-time whistle. “I think boring is 10 years without a title – that’s boring,” the 52 year-old told the BBC. “If you support a club and you wait, wait, wait for so many years without a Premier League title, then that’s boring.

“Maybe Arsenal’s fans were not singing to us. When you want to win the game and you take your striker Olivier Giroud off maybe they want more, maybe they want Giroud and Theo Walcott up front.”

Chelsea fans would also point to the fact that they are the league’s second top goal scorers this season with 65 – two more than Arsenal. So it’s fair to say the Blues have done their entertaining already this season. Putting nine goals in two games past Swansea, for instance, or hammering Everton 6-3 at Goodison Park. Or how about scoring 17 goals in six Champions League group matches before the turn of the year?

Playmaker Eden Hazard has just been named PFA Player of the Year and he, along with five of his team mates, were named in the PFA Team of the Year, underlining their dominance domestically this season.

Chelsea are a side who execute the – for want of a better word – ‘uglier’ side of the game far better than any other team in the division. Mourinho has his tactics down to a tee, especially against teams in the top four, and it’s very, very rare that they lose ground to their nearest rivals. They seem to sweep past teams lower in the table, something that in recent weeks their nearest rivals for most of the season, Manchester City, have failed to do.title

Three points is three points, whether you win 1-0 or 12-0, it all counts the same. With the League Cup already won, the Premier League title will complete a domestic double, which the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have been way, way off of this campaign.

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