The Premier League’s back and there’s little time to rest for any of the teams involved, especially those fighting for positioning at either end of the table.
For Chelsea that means a top-four/-five battle that may yet go down to the wire, with at least six teams vying for the last two (or three) Champions League spots for next season. The Blues are in good position at the moment — four behind Leicester City in third with a game in hand and five ahead of Manchester United in fifth — which does give us a little bit of wiggle room.
And that could come in handy this week as Manchester City come to the Bridge on Thursday. City won’t win the title this season and will probably miss out on the Champions League due to the FFP violations-induced ban, but on their day, they are very much still unstoppable. And so far during Project Restart, they’ve won two out of two, scoring eight times and conceding zero goals.
For Chelsea, just beating relegation-bound Aston Villa was a bit of a struggle, even if we did name an ostensibly weaker squad than absolutely possible (so did City, in fairness, in the 5-0 win against Burnley on Monday). We also have a big match coming up this weekend, in the FA Cup against Leicester City.
Chelsea do welcome back Jorginho after his suspension, and Callum Hudson-Odoi has returned to training this week as well.