While Chelsea battered Steaua Bucharest away from home, bruised Cardiff City, put FC Schalke 04 to the sword, edged Arsenal in the League Cup, oversaw Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, it was actually the first half against Liverpool on Sunday, December 29 where Jose Mourinho's Blues were at their best.
That is, according to skipper John Terry, a mainstay at the heart of the club's defence, with the implications that, at the midway point of a competitive and open Premier League season, Chelsea are now at the peak of their powers - but, considering the consistency of Arsenal and the rampant nature of City inside their own manor, is it all too soon?
'I think the first half was the best we've played all season actually; the pressing was spot on, as were the tactics from the manager,' Terry is quoted by the club's official website to have said.
'The tempo was excellent and it's good to do that in front of our home fans as well. Hopefully we can continue that as it's been coming. We've been playing okay but feeling like we've got a little bit more to give and I thought we did that in this game.'
Goals from Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o canceled out an early Martin Skrtel third minute opener, but one of the stories of the match was how Terry managed to contain the player of the season to date - Luis Suarez.
If Terry is able to inspire his side to replicate that first half display in each and every match until the campaign's end, Chelsea will no doubt remain not just in the mix, but potentially leading it.
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