Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has equalled a Premier League record after going unbeaten in his first 11 top-flight matches in charge of the club.
Alvaro Morata scored twice with fellow Spaniard Pedro also on target as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to move ahead of Liverpool on goal difference into second place.
The result maintained Sarri’s impressive start to life in west London since moving from Napoli to succeed fellow Italian Antonio Conte in July.
The 59-year-old is now unbeaten in his first 11 Premier League games as Chelsea head coach – equalling the record set by Nottingham Forest boss Frank Clark between August and October 1994.
11 - Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is unbeaten in his first 11 Premier League games (W8 D3 L0), equalling the longest unbeaten start by a Premier League manager set by Frank Clark in 1994 at Nottingham Forest. Nous. pic.twitter.com/VYIfX1Wi0z — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 4 November 2018
Forest would go on and finish third that season, which remains the highest finish by a newly-promoted side in Premier League history.
Sarri has yet to taste defeat in any competition, bar a 2-0 loss to Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley in August.
The London club beat Frank Lampard’s Derby County 3-2 in midweek to set up a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Bournemouth having already overcome Liverpool at Anfield earlier in the competition.
Sarri can move ahead of Clark if he can avoid defeat against Everton in their next Premier League match at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
It is also the first time in 30 years that three teams in England's top division have remained unbeaten after 11 rounds of fixtures.
11 - This is the first time since the 1978-79 season that three top-flight teams have gone unbeaten in their opening 11 games of a league campaign (Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool). Margins. pic.twitter.com/sDZIiHvbxQ — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 4 November 2018
Last season's runaway champions Manchester City thumped Southampton 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday to move two points clear at the top of table.
The result meant Pep Guardiola’s side took full advantage of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with the Reds dropping to third behind Chelsea following their win over the Eagles.
Chelsea will now turn their attentions to the Europa League and a trip to Belarus to play BATE Borisov on Thursday.
Sarri’s side hold a six-point lead in Group L after winning all three of their matches so far and can secure their place in the knock-out stages with a fourth victory on Thursday.