No time to rest for Chelsea, who now must turn from the massive emotion of the FA Cup semifinal win over Spurs and channel that into a league clash at home against Southampton. Saints are solidly mid-table with very little left to fight for other than pride, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t mind playing spoilers and being the fly in Chelsea’s title-charging soup.
With six games to go and a four-point lead, Chelsea’s task is very simple: win all four home games we have left (Southampton, Middlesbrough, Watford, Sunderland) and collect at least two points from the two away games (Everton, West Brom) to guarantee the title. That’s in the worst case scenario of Spurs winning all their games, which of course isn’t a given, especially after Saturday’s psychological blow (or will defeat serve as psychological motivation instead?).
Either way, for Chelsea, the win will have hopefully restored any confidence that may have been lost with the previous weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United. The squad should be fully healthy once again, if perhaps a bit tired, with Cahill expected to be available followed his bout with gastroenteritis.