Chelsea went into the game with the opportunity to go top of the table with a win. And the team obliged, with Diego Costa, being the opportunist that he is, latched on to the ball from a corner as the Middlesbrough defence was caught napping, and scored the only goal of the game.
The win meant Chelsea dethroned Liverpool from the top of the table, something which comes as a surprise given the fact that it is only a few months into the tenure of Antonio Conte, especially after a disastrous 2015-16 campaign.
Chelsea fans were out in full force on Twitter, hailing Chelsea as they grabbed the top spot on the table for the first time after winning the Premier League title.
Chelsea are on fire 🔥
— saif (@Zouminhoo) November 20, 2016
Chelsea top of the PL! 🙌👏
— Novak Ivanović 🇷🇸 (@DjuricAleks787) November 20, 2016
Thank you #Chelsea
Top of the league I’m happy
— IG: Mootzi_EMB (@Mootzi_EMB) November 20, 2016
Chelsea FC is like House Martell. Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.
— Mr. Miller (@MarsdenMiller) November 20, 2016
— Darkfaro (@HamzaFaro) November 20, 2016
Chelsea top and Arsenal 4th. Normal service resumed
— Matt B (@Matt6193) November 20, 2016
Chelsea back top of the league, Arsenal 4th again. Somethings may temporarily change but eventually they always return to default.
— Kante-le-le (@GodBleedsBlue) November 20, 2016
— Chelseafc (@emmytex_sir) November 20, 2016
Chelsea fans also hailed Antonio Conte and scorer Diego Costa on the night.
Chelsea are 17 points better off than they were at this stage last season. SEVENTEEN. Viva Antonio Conte.
— Dami (@TheChelseaWay) November 20, 2016
Chelsea in the league with 3-4-3:
Tactical masterclass from Antonio Conte. pic.twitter.com/bVmuXmcaVA
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 20, 2016
He’s wrenched his hair back from the brink of disaster AND made Victor Moses a key player in his Chelsea side. Antonio Conte is a wizard. pic.twitter.com/N7IinMUFl8
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 20, 2016
6 clean sheets in a row with a back
three of David Luiz, Gary Cahill &
César Azpilicueta? Antonio Conte is a
— Jσѕєρн ѕαм (•_•) (@Samwilscute) November 20, 2016
That said, Antonio Conte is a wonderful man.
— Mitchell (@MitchellCanFly) November 20, 2016
Don’t know how anyone could dislike Antonio Conte. Class act and has so much passion
— Nick H (@NickH_Blues) November 20, 2016
Antonio Conte is getting the best out of each one of the players at Chelsea and that’s the work of a manager. 👏👏👏
— Atsrim Sitso Philip (@AtsrimPhilip) November 20, 2016
— Michael Ballack (@Ballack) November 20, 2016
I haven’t seen Diego Costa having a better game with the ball before. Great build up play. Best hold the ball up play. #CFCLive
— ChelseafcAgonist (@SirStaphAureus) November 20, 2016
You can’t tell how many goal Diego Costa will end up scoring this season, the man is showing no signs of stopping his amazing form.
— Simply Hazard (@DareToHazard) November 20, 2016
Diego Costa 😍
— Julia MSN (@8908d6bafeef4db) November 20, 2016
Diego costa is a beast
— MavenMatic (@MavenJefferson) November 20, 2016