Date: 2nd December 2017 at 7:24am
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The footballing month for Chelsea started with a bang on the fifth with an edgy 1-0 win over Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United side. Chelsea bossed the game for large parts and were worthy winners, despite thoughts to the contrary by Jose after.

The international break followed that game, giving the clubs two weeks rest until the next round of fixtures.

When the 18th arrived Chelsea faced the trip to England`s highest professional football ground, the Hawthorns, and a West Brom team that usually take no prisoners. That was not so on this day though. Chelsea`s comfortable, although Eden Hazard was still booted all over the pitch, 4-0 win saw Tony Pulis sacked during the following week.

Then came the long 5,000 mile round trip to Azerbaijan to face a Qarabag side that had improved immeasurably since their 6-0 beating at the bridge. Chelsea needed a win to guarantee qualification for the knockout phase of the Champions League. The Blues were too strong for the new improved Qarabag though, as they ran out 4-0 winners.

Back to Premier League business, an unhappy Antonio Conte took his side up to Liverpool just 24 hours after getting back from Azerbaijan. The Italian was unhappy with trips being so close together, believing the fixture fixers could have been more helpful to his team. Despite the potential for tiredness, Chelsea put up a good fight against a normally rampant Liverpool. Willian`s late goal tied the game up at 1-1. Had he wanted to, Conte could have pushed for a win, that would have seen Chelsea put clear space between the two rivals.

The month ended last Wednesday, when Chelsea dug-out a hard fought 1-0 win over a Swansea side intent on defending and time wasting, something that caused Conte to see red. In all it was a good month for the Blues,

Played 5
Won 4
Drawn 1
Lost 0
Goals For 11
Goals Against 1

Now into December and with the Christmas period to come, Chelsea face a tough month with nine games to play.

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