Chelsea may have won the battle at Wembley on Saturday, but unfortunately for us, the actual war’s being waged over on the fields of the Bridge and Goodison and the Hawthorns. So despite the psychological boost of the 4-2 win and a place in the FA Cup final, the task at hand in the Premier League remains the same.
Chelsea's "magic number" (any combination of points won by CFC or dropped by Spurs) to clinch title remains at 15.— Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) April 16, 2017
Delaying the inevitable
There are six games left of the season, which for Chelsea entail two away and four home matches, one of which is coming up Tuesday night against Southampton. With a four-point lead in hand, the Blues remain firmly in control of our own destiny.
Meanwhile, Spurs face a potentially tougher road, but their task remains the same as before as well. With both Chelsea and Spurs looking to win out, the title will go to whoever keeps it together better, pays greater attention, and works the hardest to the end.
“Now we think about the next challenge, against Southampton. The Premier League is a different competition, we know Spurs are a fantastic team and they won’t be too down just because they lost one game, so it will be difficult until the end.”
-David Luiz; source: Chelsea FC
David Luiz’s Man of the Match performance helped keep Spurs at bay — despite the two world class goals that they did score — and we will need the freshly turned 30-year-old to maintain that level of play in the last month of the season as well.
Conte echoed his defender’s thoughts, and is looking to do everything in his power to not let the lead slip below four points.
“For us it is great to know that a week after we finish the championship, we play in the final of the FA Cup. It is a great achievement for us. But these are two different competitions and we have six games to go and it is important to start this rush very well and keep the lead at four points.”
-Antonio Conte; source: Football.London
Time to start the rush and finish the job! Forza.