As the calendar turns to May, Chelsea’s prospects of yet staggering to a positive conclusion to this fairly weird 2018-19 season appear to be increasing by the moment. We’ve now become fully embroiled in a battle of self-destruction with the rest of the four teams vying for a top-four finish domestically — to the least successful, the spoils! — while only a two-legged tie against the Bundesliga’s fourth best team separates us from another European final.
As much as Chelsea have struggled away from home in the Premier League, our adventures around Europe have gone rather swimmingly. The meaningless 2-2 draw in Hungary back in December remains the only Europa League match that we have not won this season, and our only non-win dating back to the quarterfinals in 2013.
Our task will have been made a bit tougher by a second major injury in just as many weeks, with Antonio Rüdiger joining Callum Hudson-Odoi in (probably) getting shut down for the season. While the extent of Rüdiger’s knee injury is not yet confirmed, given that he re-aggravated the same injury that had just kept him out for the previous two weeks, it’s unlikely that we’ll see him again this season.
Everyone else should be available.