Just when it looked like Chelsea were ready to right the ship, it’s started listing again. It might even be capsizing. We knew the storm would be huge — Barcelona twice, and both Manchester United and City away is a fixture-storm of epic proportions — but that doesn’t necessarily lessen the impact of the waves and the capsizing that’s about to occur.
Maybe it could be prevented still. Unlikely, but maybe.
It would all have to start with an overdue win on Saturday as Crystal Palace come to town. They emerged surprising winners from this encounter last year, just as they collected all three points in the first meeting this season as well. Needless to say, that streak must not continue.
Antonio Conte will address the media tomorrow and perhaps provide an injury update, but for now, let’s assume that the usual duo of David Luiz and Bakayoko are out. Ampadu may be out, too. Ross Barkley has been fit enough to train and travel lately, while N’Golo Kanté has been cleared to play following the health scare of last weekend.