Chelsea have a wonderful opportunity to keep building momentum (and grab a solid hold of our Champions League group destiny) as we approach the last international break of the calendar year, with back-to-back home games following three straight away from home.
We did not concede a single goal during our travels — four clean sheets in a row in all competitions in fact — and after the downright bizarre sequence of back-to-back scoreless draws (the first two of the Lampard Era), we have now re-opened the floodgates up front, scoring seven (7) in total over the last two.
Keeping those floodgates open while keeping the floodgates at the back sealed tightly shut should lead to plenty of wins and points going forward. Of course, it’s one thing to do so against a mid-table Russian Premier League side or a team with just 1 point in the (English) Premier League so far this season, and it’s another thing to do so against the second best team in France — and with fatigue building up and down the lineup.
And after a brief period of practically no injuries, we’re once again without Christian Pulisic for the foreseeable future (“weeks”). Pulisic, like young Billy Gilmour, will hopefully be back (soon) after the international break. (Also, Kepa Arrizabalaga may or may not still be nursing a should injury.)