Even by Chelsea standards, it’s been a rather dramatic few days in and around the club, with a transfer ban announced and appealed, a League Cup final fought for and lost, and an act of insubordination swept under the carpet while making headlines around the world.
If Chelsea are to emerge stronger on the other side, that process must begin now. And not just because Sarri’s job is (still) on the line.
Despite all that’s happened, the season cannot and must not be written off. Chelsea are just a couple points out of the top four — three to be exact, behind Arsenal, and two behind Manchester United, both of whom have played one extra match. It’s unclear when Chelsea will make up the weekend’s missed match against Brighton, but what’s more worrying is that we’ve lost 3 of 4 in the league and have not won back-to-back games in almost two months.
But Sunday’s draw is something to build on and build from, even if the Kepa incident put a sour spin on things. He has now been fined a week’s wages, but will apparently be available (Sarri has a press conference coming up later today). Presumably everyone else is available though many may be a bit knackered from the 120+ minutes of a high intensity Cup final just 72 hours prior.