Premier League: Middlesborough 0-1 Chelsea
Chelsea wins sixth straight in Premier League, with six consecutive clean sheets to take sole possession of the Premier League first place.
‘I’m pleased because we won a game in a different way if you compare it to our past five games. We won only 1-0 against a strong team with good organization. At the moment we had to suffer, we suffered, but we never lost our compactness. It’s very good.
‘We created chances to score the second goal, and it’s important to score the second goal and kill the game, because anything can happen until the end in this league, and above all today. When you are winning only 1-0 you have to pay attention until the end, because Middlesbrough could have got a draw, like against City.
Middlesbrough played a good game with good organization. They put their best on the pitch, but in this period it’s very difficult to play against Chelsea. This game gives us confidence and increases our trust in what we are doing. Now it’s important to think about the next game against Tottenham, a tough game, a massive game. Middlesbrough is now the past for us.
After two defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal, for sure it wasn’t simple to believe we would have six wins in a row, above all without conceding any goals. This league is very difficult to have success in and to win six games in a row is fantastic.
A month-and-a-half ago, after two defeats, Chelsea wasn’t a favorite or a team that can fight for the title until the end. Now it’s very difficult to change our opinion completely. It’s hard to say our target now. I want to wait until the second half of the season.