Arsenal were blown out by Manchester City on Saturday. That has them losing ground in their lead in the league. Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace to narrow the gap further and pull within two points.
Because the Arsenal game was before the rest of the slate of games, Chelsea knew what was on the line coming into the game. Chelsea’s John Terry admitted that he was a bit surprised by the result.
“Yeah, it was a little bit. We caught the result and it was pleasing for us to pick up three points,” Terry said, via Sky Sports.
“We now go away to Arsenal with a chance to go top of the table, so that is enough for us as a team collectively to have enough motivation over Christmas.”
Chelsea didn’t dominate a side they should have and looked unimpressive.
“At the minute we are grinding out results. Ideally we would like it to be a bit more comfortable, especially at home, but teams are coming here and showing a lot of belief at the moment. I think we are seeing that throughout the whole Premier League.
“I have spoken before about killing games off, and we haven’t done that, which puts a lot of pressure on the defence, but at the same time we could have maybe been a bit more solid over the last few games, conceding a couple of sloppy goals from corners.
“That is something we are working on and trying to keep it tight at the back, and hopefully one goal’s enough sometimes.
“But there are games when it’s not and it’s important that not only the strikers but the midfielders as well chip in with their fair share.”