December is one of the most feared months by football clubs in England because it often comes with a congested fixture list. Unlike other leagues in Europe where teams get some rest because the leagues take a break, in England, Christmas is seen as a period to pile up fixtures, and potentially make more money.
By the end of December, teams in the English top flight would all have played at least 6 times, as against the usual 3 or 4. And while this will come as a problem to most teams, it could be a blessing for Chelsea. Out of the six games Chelsea have to play in December, only one involves a big side, and that game is done and dusted. We got the maximum 3 points from City, and the other fixtures for Chelsea in December are games that we can win— at least, on paper. I’m not trying to be pessimistic, but you and I know that football is a tricky game. More often than not, it is the smallest team in the division that inflicts the greatest harm on the biggest team. I am not hoping that happens this December to Chelsea, because we have a chance to extend our lead at the summit of the EPL if our winning run continues.
Our next 5 games all come against teams that we should win, and with our current momentum, I have no doubt we’ll come out triumphant in those games. We face West Brom this weekend, after which we take on Sunderland away. Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Stoke will follow in what would seem an easy fixture list on paper.
If we can win all fixtures this December, then, by the time we take on Tottenham on January 4, we might have extended our lead to 6 points at least. And if we win at White Hart Lane, we’ll have been put in a comfortable position by the time we visit Anfield. Those games are still about a month away, so I’d rather we focus on December first, and get as many points as we can from our fixtures. As I said, it will not be easy, especially since we’ll have to play more often than usual, but knowing that we currently sit at the summit, and the title is ours to lose will be enough motivation for our boys.