Chelsea’s quest for the top four resumes this weekend — or Monday, to be accurate — by which time all other teams vying for the final two spots in next year’s Champions League will have played.
Spurs and United both play away, the former at City kicking-off shortly in fact, and the latter at Everton on Sunday. Then later on Sunday, Arsenal will host Michy Batshuayi’s Crystal Palace. And then it will be Chelsea’s turn. The race will not be over regardless of the other games’ outcomes, but it sure could be over if Chelsea don’t beat Burnley. It’s the easiest game left on the schedule; it’s an obvious must-win.
Sarri opted for a slightly less rotated and more first-choice lineup against Slavia Prague on Thursday, which meant significant minutes for the entire first-choice defense, N’Golo Kanté and Eden Hazard, with the latter also receiving a right old kicking from the over-enthusiastic visitors. Hazard apparently escaped with a “strong knock”, which could still see him rested for a minute. Marcos Alonso missed another game, with his injury reported as a gluteal problem — his status is 50/50 — while Antonio Rüdiger is not expected back for another week, at the earliest.