No one was happy after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United. Certainly not the fans. Or the manager. Or the players.
But the season waits for no team. We have to move on quickly. Stewing in our own disappointment will do little good. What’s done is done, and now it’s all about the next game.
We can however learn from our mistakes and losses, and we can also use them as motivation. That’s what Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham’s doing as he looks to get back on the scoreboard after this weekend’s latest power outage.
“It’s massive. The gaffer said after the game “We gave it our all, keep your heads up we’ve got another massive game on Tuesday” and we just have to take our anger out against Arsenal.
“It’s a tough one to take [...] a frustrating night for me and I’m sure the other players as well. [...] There were lots of half-chances for the likes of me and Willian, and on another day these go in and we kill off the game, but it wasn’t our day.”
-Tammy Abraham; source: Chelsea FC
Despite the loss, Chelsea barely lost any ground on our top-four rivals. Manchester United also lost (though much more expectedly as they played Liverpool), while both Spurs and Arsenal were held to draws. Even Leicester City and Manchester City dropped points, further confirming Liverpool’s incoming title but also keeping Chelsea in touch with the teams immediately above us. In fact, Wolverhampton Wanderers were the only team other than Liverpool in the top half of the table to register a win this weekend.
Obviously it’s not good to keep dropping “easy” points, but for now, Chelsea continue to maintain and keep control of our top-four destiny. A win on Tuesday against Arsenal would be good, regardless of who scores our goals.