Inside Blue Tue 10 Oct 2017
After ending September with a defeat, the Blues will be looking to take inspiration from a flawless October in 2016 which set us on the road to Premier League glory.
Last term we entered the 10th month of the year on the back of a 3-0 reverse at Arsenal, but in adversity Antonio Conte found a solution which would lead us all the way to the title.
In the final third of the defeat at the Emirates Stadium the manager switched to a back three and wing-back system, and it's safe to say we didn't look back from that point.
Here's a reminder of how things went last October, including a huge victory against one of our biggest rivals.
Hull City 0-2 Chelsea
Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses were drafted in as wing-backs for our trip to the KC Stadium and a back three of Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill stood firm as the new formation took a while to bed in. Two fantastic goals in the space of five second-half minutes, the first by Willian and the second from Diego Costa, ensured we returned to winning ways in the Premier League after two straight defeats.
Chelsea 3-0 Leicester City
The Foxes arrived at Stamford Bridge as defending champions following their incredible title success in 2015/16, but Claudio Ranieri's side were no match for Chelsea. Diego Costa was on target to set us on our way and that lead was doubled by the brilliant Eden Hazard, who rounded Kasper Schmeichel before the break. Moses put the seal on the win with a goal that was celebrated by his customary back-flip and optimism was high ahead of Man United's visit a week later.
Chelsea 4-0 Manchester United
The Blues produced one of our best performances of the season to confirm our status as title contenders while denting the hopes of one of our rivals. Pedro's brilliant opener inside the opening 30 seconds and Gary Cahill made it 2-0 with a close-range finish. After the break, Hazard curled home a wonderful third and N'Golo Kante opened his Chelsea account with a lovely finish to show another side to his game. The 20th anniversary of Matthew Harding's passing was marked in a fashion that our former vice-chairman would have certainly approved.
Southampton 0-2 Chelsea
October came to end with a familiar story; a fourth straight win, each achieved with a clean sheet, and Hazard at the heart of it all. The Belgian wasn't quite as quick off the mark as Pedro had been a week earlier, but his fifth-minute strike proved to be just as vital against a Saints side who hadn't lost in 11 at St Mary's since our previous visit in the February of that year. Diego Costa put the exclamation mark on the win after half-time and two months later our winning run was still ongoing. Here's hoping October can reap similar rewards for the Blues this season...