Chelsea made it 10 Premier League wins in a row as they ground out a 1-0 win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
A fine finish from Cesc Fabregas just before half-time ensured the Blues extended their lead at the top of the table.
Antonio Conte’s men are now six points clear after capitalising on Arsenal’s defeat at Everton last night.
David Moyes set his side up to frustrate with seven defenders in his starting line-up and for 40 minutes Chelsea had no answer.
As half-time approached Sunderland’s resistance was broken. The visitors swept upfield and Willian laid the ball into the path of Fabregas who picked his spot with pinpoint precision.
The home side continued to battle in the second half, affording their visitors little space in the final third.
Chelseas couldn’t find that precious second as Willian hit the bar and Jordan Pickford stepped up when called upon. In the end, the home side’s depleted side didn’t have enough quality to trouble Chelsea who showed their title-winning credentials with a hard-fought win.
Sunderland almost nicked a point at the death when Patrick van Aanholt hit a left-foot rocket goalwards, but Thibaut Courtois flung out a hand and denied the Dutchman with a fine save.
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