As Chelsea traveled to Middlesbrough on Sunday, the spotlight was on them; this was their first clear-cut chance all season to go top of the table. The Blues have had a fairytale resurgence under Antonio Conte and it looked to be seen whether a resilient Boro side could halt the run.
The match was not a cakewalk for the Blues, but a goal from the League top scorer Diego Costa was enough to see off the newly-promoted side.
The belief Antonio Conte had in his players were evident, as he started the same eleven for the fifth consecutive match. That statistic speaks volumes about the strength of their current lineup, as this was the first time Chelsea had ever done that in the Premier League, in all of their illustrious history.
Check out the Opta confirmation of the record below!
5 – Chelsea have named the same starting XI for five consecutive league games for the first time ever in the Premier League. Constant. pic.twitter.com/fH9zuBGvDn
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 20, 2016
The win saw the club go top of the table, a point ahead of nearest rivals Liverpool and Manchester City. But the real tests for the new gaffer is to come in their next fixtures, as they look to continue their momentum, first against Tottenham, then against title rivals Manchester City.