It’s been a little over three weeks since Chelsea were beaten 3-0 by Bournemouth at home, and then followed that by losing 4-1 to a Watford side that had only won twice in their previous 14 matches. The outlook for Chelsea’s season was painted as grim as ever after that.
Things have improved slightly and we’ve moved away from the precipice. But things can change very quickly in football, especially given the massive games coming up. The 1-1 draw against Barcelona won’t matter much if Chelsea lose all three of our upcoming away games, at Old Trafford, at the Etihad and at the Camp Nou.
But instead of contemplating all three of those at the same time (and not forgetting about the home game against Crystal Palace either), let’s do the cliched thing instead and take it one match at a time. Right, Dave?
“After two tough defeats a few weeks ago the team responded with two wins against West Brom, and then Hull City in the FA Cup. Against Barcelona it was also a great performance from the team, nearly perfect. Now we have a tough game on Sunday and we have to turn our heads to the next target, the Premier League, and try to get as high as possible.”
“The next game is always the most important because it’s where you can get the three points. At the moment we are getting closer and closer to the end of the season, so we have to get the points.”
-César Azpilicueta; source: Chelsea FC
It’s worth reminding ourselves that Chelsea are just three points off second place but also just one point ahead of fifth, as Manchester United, Liverpool, and Spurs are all vying with the Blues for the last three European qualification spots for next season. At least one will miss out — though probably no more than one as Arsenal look down and out with 11 games left.
Chelsea also have easily the toughest schedule left at the moment, so hopefully Tuesday’s draw will have indeed inspired some fantastic confidence and future results to follow.