Chelsea must win on Sunday. That's nothing to do with being Premier League champions this year, which is going to happen regardless -- three draws in four games would seal the deal, and with Arsenal visiting Old Trafford Chelsea could probably get away with losing out anyway -- and everything to do with humiliating a hated opponent. Because, the weekend after we play Crystal Palace, Liverpool come to town.
It's been a little over a year since we first broke the Reds' collective hearts with a glorious 2-0 win at Anfield. It was, in truth, a mostly self-inflicted loss, technically and tactically, but it turned Liverpool from potential Cinderella champions into ... whatever they've been this year. Having crippled them and let them flop around for a full season now, the Blues can now apply the coup de grâce to their dignity by forcing Steven Gerrard and company to give us a guard of honour at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool fans hate the idea, of course, but they'll be forced to endure it anyway:
This club is built on dignity, respect and class. So whoever is the champions, and wherever it is, that’s what you do. It is what it is.
-Brendan Rodgers. Source: Telegraph.
Never have three relatively empty points been so important, Chelsea. England confides that you shall do your duty.