Antonio Conte backs striker Michy Batshuayi to be a success at Chelsea

Doyle BarkerDec 27, 2016

The 12th successive Premier League win broke Chelsea's own club record, but they have bigger fish to fry and now stand just two matches behind's Arsenal's landmark run from 2002.

"To win 12 in a row is not easy in this league".

"In a few days we have another tough game (at home to Stoke on Saturday) and we have to prepare very well because now, every team wants to beat you".

"I want to win and every decision I make is because I want to win and I have to take the best decision".

Pedro struck either side of Eden Hazard's 50th English league goal at Stamford Bridge to give Antonio Conte's side a provisional seven-point lead at the summit following the Boxing Day action.

Indeed, they could have been in for a nervy final 18 minutes had Courtois not made a fine stop from Benik Afobe after the substitute went through one-on-one.

With Costa and N'Golo Kante banned, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas filled in as Michy Batshuayi was again left on the bench.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: "They are an outstanding team". "We had a week to find a solution without Diego, and I'm pleased with the solution we chose. This league is very physical, very strong".

With the Blues going nine-points clear, that will whatever happens in the next round of matches will see the Blues top the league going into 2017, has the victory over the Cherries sent a warning signal to the rest of the chasing pack? It was Pedro who filled the void created by Willian's compassionate leave earlier in the season, scoring in wins over Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham. Arsenal came alive after the break following a timid first- half display but kept coming up against the heroic Foster, who denied Alex Iwobi and Alexis Sanchez, who also rattled the post.

Daley Blind, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan ensured a miserable return to Old Trafford for Black Cats boss David Moyes, before Fabio Borini's brilliant volley provided some late consolation.

Struggling Swansea City slumped to a third consecutive loss as West Ham United put further distance between themselves and the Premier League relegation zone with a comfortable 4-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium on Monday.

Sam Allardyce's first game in charge of Crystal Palace finished 1-1 at Watford.

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