Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Southampton on Sunday, December 1 at Stamford Bridge elevated their Premier League standing to second with 27 points, where they now appear the main challengers to upset pace-setting Arsenal as the London pair go head-to-head during a congested winter fixture period.
While free-scoring Manchester City are in third place, six points adrift of Arsenal, their inconsistencies may well prevent them from sustaining a threat throughout the last month of the calendar year.
Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, will no doubt be buoyed with two statistics that could even convince their doubters that this season could well be theirs.
12 - Chelsea have had 12 different scorers in the Premier League this season; more than any other side. Variety.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 2, 2013
Chelsea's seemingly barren strikers are continually used as a stick to beat the club with, however, that has not harmed the Blues' overall goal haul of 24 in the Premier League to date.
Unlike, say, Manchester United, who seemingly rely on Wayne Rooney and Wayne Rooney alone for their end-product (Rooney is responsible for 59% of their Premier League goals), Chelsea have produced the most amount of goal-scorers already this season, with Oscar on five, Eden Hazard on four and Frank Lampard on three in the division.
It bodes well for Chelsea, who will no doubt fortify their front-line when the transfer market reopens for trading and look to have put their miserly shot return against Basel (just one attempt on goal, which was off target) behind them.
Mourinho may also take delight in his side's never-say-die mentality, a hallmark of a Mourinho team and a staple Blue trait in the modern Premier League era.
- Out of all Premier League sides Chelsea have won the most points from losing positions - eight
- Jose Mourinho continues his unbeaten streak at Stamford Bridge in the league (W52 D15)
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