The fairly outstanding occasions of the previous few days, with the start and demise of a European Tremendous League, plus the superb outcomes of the previous few months within the Champions League and FA Cup have overshadowed simply how perilously shut Chelsea are to lacking out on ending within the high 4.
The loss to West Brom was beautiful – however success towards Atletico Madrid both aspect of that recreation meant it was quickly forgotten.
The draw with Brighton yesterday additionally doesn’t really feel too damaging – contemplating simply earlier than kickoff the membership was saved from breaking away from your entire idea of the Champions League anyway.
However trying on the desk, and our remaining fixtures, brings issues sharply into focus. Everton are in all probability out of putting distance now, however Tottenham Liverpool and West Ham are all sizzling on our tail. We’ve got 6 video games remaining now, and we’re working out of margin for error.
Issues get very severe, very quickly, This weekend we face West Ham, stage on 55 factors with us. Lose that, and issues are determined. Even a draw would give Tottenham and Liverpool the prospect to attract stage with us.
Even when we win it, issues don’t get any simpler. A determined Fulham will throw every part at us to keep away from relegation every week later – and that recreation is sandwiched between our European semi-finals towards Actual Madrid.
After that? Man Metropolis away. Then Arsenal, then Leicester. Then an FA Cup remaining. Then Aston Villa on the ultimate day. The truth that that’s in all probability our best remaining recreation tells you every part that you must know.
The celebrations are over now – and the extraordinary remaining stretch of the season can start in earnest. We have to get our eye on the ball, as quickly as potential.