Mood and sentiment can change in an instant in football, and Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge certainly served as a reality check that Chelsea are not quite out of the winter sorry-ball malaise. Still, that’s now four games unbeaten with a big game coming up this weekend in the race for the top four, away to Everton.
But before then, Chelsea have to take care of business against Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League. Carrying a 3-0 advantage from the first leg, advancing to the quarterfinals should (“should”) be a formality, but we’ve seen plenty of strange things happen in the knockout rounds of both the Champions and the Europa Leagues over the years (but especially this season, it would seem), so Chelsea cannot relax too much.
The Blues remain basically injury free (though not fatigue free), and Sunday’s fightback even saw a formation switch late on to a 4-2-3-1, so the basics are in solid shape. We just have to execute.