Two games, two wins and six points in five days! Carefree.
In his 100th game in charge of Chelsea, Antonio Conte tried something we had never seen before. He started two “true” strikers at the same time with Giroud and Morata leading the line in front of a midfield five (Pedro further forward) and the usual back-three setup. It certainly wasn’t a 4-4-2 but a rather odd-looking 3-5-2 with massive gaps in midfield. But it worked!
As it’s happened so many times this season, Chelsea gave up the lead to a very lucky equalizer for the hosts — after Morata spurned an absolute sitter to make it 2-0 — but then stepped it up in response and not five minutes later were back ahead thanks to Victor Moses.
Chelsea continued to play measured, controlled football and saw out the remaining time with relative ease.
Chelsea are now just 5 points behind Spurs, though there’s only 4 games left. Still looking rather unlikely, but you never know.
But now, it’s all eyes on Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal. Southampton, whose game finished just now as well, battled to a 0-0 draw at Leicester with a largely first-choice lineup.
No video until after Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal. In the meantime, I promise we’ll actually get the player ratings results up for the last month and a half!