Crystal drop

Conor Gallagher beats Manchester City; Liverpool also lose points

We are now a quarter of the 2021-22 Premier League season – 10 short, 28 to go – and we find our beloved Blues at the top of the table.

That in itself doesn’t mean much.

Around the same time last season, halfway through Matchday 11, Chelsea were also in the lead for one night. Fifty days later, Frank Lampard was sacked. Things can change very quickly in football.

But the sentiment, as impossible to quantify, is different this year. In fact, it’s starting to feel like something special might be building – not last season’s. Champions League victory wasn’t special enough already, but if that sets the tone, now we’re starting to really set the tone. An air of Tuchel, if you will.

Beyond all that foam, Chelsea have a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, with the fewest goals conceded – half as many as the next best team, in fact – and the best goal difference of division, having scored two less than Liverpool (so we are only second in this regard).

We’ve won four in a row, and while we needed to win all four, things are never that easy. Case in point: our two closest rivals both lost points this weekend at home.

Liverpool took a two-goal lead against Brighton & Hove Albion in 25 minutes, but had to settle for a draw. Manchester city didn’t even go that far, allowing a goal in the opening minutes and final minutes to visit Crystal Palace, while scoring none in return and having Aymeric Laporte sent off halfway through. Chelsea Loanee Conor Gallagher played a pivotal role as one would expect, assisting the first and scoring the second in a breathtaking performance surely someone has already printed their name and number for next year’s Chelsea shirts (if they haven’t already).

Elsewhere, Spurs filed huge shit at home against equally turdalicious Manchester United, losing 3-0 at New Three Point Lane to a chorus of taunts and boos, while Arsenal continued their resurgence with another win to propel them into the top six. They are now unbeaten for seven consecutive league games, since the 5-0 loss to Manchester City in late August.

Let this serve as a further reminder that things can change very quickly, and we must not give up – especially with another game against a team down next weekend with Burnley at home.

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