For the last time this season and hopefully for the last time in the foreseeable future, Chelsea have to follow a Thursday game with a quick turnaround to Sunday. Until last weekend’s win against Watford, we had not done well at all in these circumstances. But this game matters slightly less.
The top four finish and the associated Champions League qualification has been achieved. Whether we finish third or fourth is fairly academic, although the slight difference in prize money as well as bragging rights over Spurs do make it an occasion with some stakes.
And that’s good because Chelsea are becoming the walking wounded. Callum Hudson-Odoi, Antonio Rüdiger, N’Golo Kanté ... and now Andreas Christensen as well (whose current status is unknown) have all picked up injuries during matches in the last few weeks, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek continues to deal with cramping issues that have forced him off before full time in both legs of the Europa League semifinal against Eintracht Frankfurt.
It’s a good thing we have over two weeks to prepare for the final!
But first, Leicester City. Choose wisely.