Not much time to lick our wounds and feel sorry for ourselves. After losing the biggest match of the season on Wednesday, we now face the biggest match of the season again as we bid to advance to the FA Cup semifinals for the first time since 2013.
Must win. Just like old times.
Beyond the short rest to the all-important Saturday tea-time encounter that, for some inexplicable reason, was moved to Saturday from Sunday, Chelsea's task is complicated by a fresh round of injuries collected against PSG. Diego Costa was forced off on the hour-mark with a (recurrence?) of the tendon injury that kept him sidelined last weekend. A few minutes later, Eden Hazard followed with yet another apparent hip injury, possibly also a recurrence of the one he picked up against Leicester City in Mourinho's final match in charge.
John Terry is also doubtful for this Saturday, though he's apparently "desperate" to play. Which is all nice and well, but if he's not fit, he's not fit. Can't just will an injury away, so we'll see. Radamel Falcao is back in training for whatever that's worth, while January signings Pato and Miazga are surely match-fit by now.
To say that both Chelsea and Everton have disappointed this season would be an understatement. The FA Cup is the final chance for both to salvage something decent out of the ongoing disaster. This should be a desperate fight to survive and advance.