Chelsea came crashing back down to earth on Boxing Day by suffering a shock 2-0 defeat at home to Southampton just days after their convincing victory over Tottenham.
Blues boss Frank Lampard would’ve been left scratching his head, with his team virtually unrecognisable from the one which dominated Spurs in their own back yard.
But perhaps this stat can offer some explanation for Chelsea’s dramatic downturn in performance.
As a unit, the Blues covered a staggering 2.2 less miles against Southampton compared to their collective millage at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
To add context, that’s a bigger difference in running compared to any team who played on December 21 or 22 and 26.
An alarming pattern is developing for Lampard’s Chelsea, who seriously struggle when the lesser sides come to town.
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The Blues have been forced to rely on their away form to keep them in the top four after suffering shock defeats to West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton in their last four league matches at Stamford Bridge.
Perhaps most surprisingly, Chelsea failed to find the net in each of those three defeats in front of their home crowd.
Next up, the Blues travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal, and given the patterns which seem to be developing under Lampard, they’d probably prefer that to Norwich at home.