Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has praised his team – describing the players as being “phenomenal” during a month when injury problems to their top two strikers could have seen the side slip up at the top of the table.
Nonetheless, Chelsea have remained in formidable form, summed up as they fought back from a goal down at the King Power Stadium to win 3-1 against Leicester City on Wednesday night. This leaves the Blues needing just one more victory – which they could get on Sunday against Crystal Palace – to clinch their first Premier League title in five years.
Diego Costa has been blighted with hamstring concerns for much of the campaign, which finally forced him to sit on the sidelines after hobbling off at Stoke City in early April – meaning the club’s top scorer was to miss the clashes against Arsenal and Manchester United.
Loic Remy, meanwhile, was expected to fill his boots, but after picking up an injury in training, Mourinho was left with only veteran striker Didier Drogba to lead the attack at the business end of the season.
However, Chelsea haven’t struggled to collect points without the duo, and the Blues boss has hailed his team’s ability to cope without their star forwards.
“This was the month when people were waiting for Chelsea to slip up, to lose one game or draw,” the Portuguese told BBC Sport.
“We have played this month without Diego Costa and without Loic Remy, with no other solutions, but this small group were phenomenal.
“We were phenomenal tactically, with team spirit, the way we defended, the way we were clinical with our goal and the stability we showed in every game.”