Middlesbrough 0-1 Chelsea: Diego Costa unplayable while Adama Traore frustrates

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Chelsea stormed to their sixth successive victory in the Premier League with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Diego Costa has been involved in more goals than 9 PL teams have managed all season

 

Chelsea's Italian head coach Antonio Conte (R) reacts as he congratulates Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa following the English Premier League football match between Middlesbrough and Cheslea at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, northeast England on November 20, 2016. Chelsea won the match 1-0. / AFP / Lindsey PARNABY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Blues are increasingly looking like real title contenders and Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation continues to frustrate opposition teams in the English top flight.

Diego Costa, the league’s top scorer, found the net in the 41st minute and was the sole scorer on Sunday afternoon.

The win means Chelsea leapfrog Manchester City and Liverpool to go top of the table and there’s no doubt they are the league’s most in-form side.

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Rather predictably, Costa got himself on the scoresheet against Premier League strugglers Middlesbrough and the centre-forward was a threat throughout.

On his day, the Spaniard is the most complete forward in England and he proved this again with his all-round performance.

Costa has now been involved in more goals than any other player this campaign. He’s unplayable on current form.

Traore’s inclusion here may seem harsh at first glance because the former Barcelona starlet showed his frightening pace on several occasions over the course of the 90 minutes.

However, the winger needs to work on his end product. Time and time again Traore beat his man before giving the ball away which undoubtedly would have frustrated Aitor Karanka.

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It perhaps shows why the Spaniard only made 13 appearances for Aston Villa last season.

Courtois looks back to his best after a disappointing season for Chelsea last term.

The Belgian shot-stopper didn’t have much to do at the Riverside but pulled off a brilliant save to deny Alvaro Negredo in the second-half.

It’s no wonder the Blues have now gone six games without conceding a single goal in the Premier League.

Moses has surprised many Chelsea fans by breaking into Conte’s starting XI this season.

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The Nigeria international has greatly impressed in his opening displays in the English top flight but he had an off day at the Riverside.

Traore and Gaston Ramirez caused Moses problems all afternoon with their pace and the Blues were arguably lucky not to concede after the break.

He also missed a sitter after the break which would have doubled his side’s lead.

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