The timing of this match, on a Monday after an away game Friday night, may have been concerning at one time, but thanks to the heroics of Michy Batshuayi and the rest of the Chelsea squad, the only major concern remaining for the Premier League season is how to best celebrate on the final day. This game isn’t the final day just yet (that will come next Sunday), but instead is a make-up game for an FA Cup postponement. The FA Cup itself remains the biggest actual concern for Chelsea, which may yet result in greater involvement from the first-team players in these last two games as they attempt to stay sharp and match fit for Wembley.
So, chances are that for tomorrow, rotation and youth and sentimentality will be the order of the day, though I doubt Conte would be willing to throw away a game willy-nilly. Even beyond his always-win mentality, Chelsea could set a new Premier League record with 30 wins on the season if we win our remaining games.
How do you balance all those aims and walk away with a win after the massive high of Friday night?