One of the few positive to be taken from Chelsea's loss to Manchester City on Sunday was that it left an open date for Chelsea to re-schedule their match against Tottenham Hotspur. There was a gap between the May 5 game at Old Trafford and the May 11 game at Villa Park, and the obvious solution was to plug the Spurs game right in the middle of those 2.
The FA has done just that, rescheduling the game for Wed, May 8. That means the rest of the Chelsea schedule for this season shapes up like this:
- Wed, April 17 - at Fulham
- Sun, April 21 - at Liverpool
- Thurs, April 25 - at Basel
- Sun, April 28 - vs Swansea City
- Thurs, May 2 - vs Basel
- Sun, May 5 - at Manchester United
- Wed, May 8 - vs Tottenham
- Sat, May 11 - at Aston Villa
- Wed, May 15 - potential Europa League final
- Sun, May 19 - vs Everton
- Thurs, May 23 - vs Manchester City (St. Louis friendly)
- Sat, May 25 - vs Manchester City (New York friendly)
Starting in May, the schedule could potentially be very difficult with games that have an awful lot of meaning. The next 3 games against Fulham, Liverpool, and Swansea are going to be absolutely huge if Chelsea want to secure a place in the top 4 this season. Spurs and Arsenal losses this week would be helpful, but Chelsea still need to take close to maximum points from those three fixtures to help their own cause in this matter.
The Tottenham game could potentially be tougher as well, as most of the Spurs squad that is currently suffering from injury ought to be back in time for the game on the 8th. With just 2 games remaining after that tie, it could well end up being the most important game the club plays all season.