It’s a very quick turnaround for Chelsea once again as we travel to Manchester to take on Premier League champions-elect Manchester City on Saturday evening, less than 72 hours after beating Real Madrid to book our place in the Champions League final (where we will once again face Manchester City) on May 29.
This game pales in comparison in terms of magnitude, especially for City who have practically wrapped up their title a long time ago, and would make it official with a win here. They would’ve already been confirmed champions had Manchester United lost to Liverpool on Sunday, but that match got postponed thanks to a fan protest at Old Trafford getting out of hand.
Unlike for City, this match could prove crucial for us in our hopes of finishing in the top-four. We do have a three-point cushion to West Ham in fifth at the moment, with a better goal difference as well, so we do have some margin for error. Losing this game wouldn’t be catastrophic, but it would increase the pressure even more.
Chelsea do have an almost fully fit and available squad, with Mateo Kovačić the only absentee.