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Counting wins and scoring goals that count

Antonio Conte, fresh from his Chelsea side chalking up nine league wins in a row with the 1-0 victory over West Brom, was clear in his answer when asked after the game whether he is interested in the record for runs such as this one.

He was informed before he replied that for the Premier League, the record holders are Arsenal’s double-winning team of 2002, who won 13 straight games in the run-in to their title that year before adding a 14th at the start of the next season.  

‘I am interested to continue this way, to win for sure because every game it is important to play thinking only of one thing, to win and to prepare every game in the right way to continue to win,’ Conte responded. 

'I am not interested in the record, I am interested in three points every game because it means we can stay at the top of the table and fighting for something important.’

For supporters however who can afford to look more than one games ahead, it is only natural to take a glance at where the current run stands compared with the Chelsea best, with the other eye on the fixtures remaining in 2016.

Eleven games is our best winning league sequence, although that did overlap two seasons – the close of Guus Hiddink’s first spell at the club and the start of Carlo Ancelotti’s double-winning season. The longest league run contained within one season is 10, during the second of our back-to-back title wins under Jose Mourinho (2005/06) which included a win at Arsenal and ended with a victory at Sunderland. So the same result at the same stadium on Wednesday matches that.

Regardless of records, Conte in his Chelsea TV interview which can be watched below does point out that winning a sequence of games in a row in England’s top-flight is difficult to do, and the resistance West Bromwich Albion provided this Sunday early afternoon showed why. 

The West Midlanders limited the league leaders to just two shots on target but we have a striker in such red-hot form he could make the most of what began as only a sniff of a chance, eventually lashing home left-footed late in the second half to already match his league goals total scored last season. 

One member of the crowd who would have admired finishing like that and knows what it takes to score with such relentless frequency is Frank Lampard, who was back at Stamford Bridge paying us a visit.

Lampard’s scoring feats for Chelsea will never be forgotten and his 211 goals were celebrated with a special banner from the fans in the Shed End this weekend. As can be seen from his Instagram post, Lamps noticed!

So just another 162 goals needed from Diego Costa to match that record. We're counting!