Chelsea huffed and puffed against Huddersfield’s parked bus all day. It was unsurprising — the visitors had kept Manchester City out in their last game using these same tactics — but it was frustrating just the same.
It got even more disappointing when the Terriers took the lead on their first shot of the game (with referee Lee Mason ignoring at least one foul in the play). Chelsea got back on level terms with a bit of overdue luck, but couldn’t find the much needed second goal. Huddersfield wasted time expertly (and were allowed to do so), defended narrow and deep, got a bit lucky, and that was that.
Christensen hit the post in a mad scramble for one of a dozen corners for the Blues, but that was the closest Chelsea managed to come to a winner.
As it stands, Chelsea are still in it, but need to beat Newcastle and need Liverpool to lose at home to Brighton. Spurs are probably safe, currently leading against Newcastle.
- Chelsea start in the 3-4-3, switch to 4-2-4 in search of an equalizer/winner. Effectively, it was just a back to (Christensen, Rudiger), with Alonso and Azpilicueta pushed way up, Kante covering the middle behind Fabregas, Hazard, Willian, Giroud, and Morata.
- The final weekend sees Chelsea travel to Newcastle, while Liverpool host Brighton and Spurs play Leicester.