Conte’s beard may have come and gone faster than we would’ve liked, taking with it Chelsea’s winning streak in both the Premier League and in all competitions, but the 1-1 draw at Anfield wasn’t all bad. It was also probably our toughest match, at least on paper, until the end of the calendar year, so if we spent the next month winning every game in sight, we should be set up very well for the second-half of the season.
This stretch of games begins with a rare midweek league encounter as Swansea City come to town in the first of three home games over a period of seven days. With Swansea staring relegation in the face already, this is probably the easiest of the three, though the one against Atlético next Tuesday is probably the one that carries the least amount of meaning — i.e. both Swansea and Newcastle are must-wins, Atlético is a nice-to-have.
So, with the certifiable luxury of four days between games, the question is once again asked: how much rotation should there be?
As far as we know, Batshuayi, Musonda, and Kenedy remain out with various injuries but Victor Moses, who has been back to training for a week and was completing warm-down drills after the Liverpool game, should be back.