As the race for top four thickens with 14 games to go in the EPL, teams will be looking to play their best football in order to ensure a place in Europe next season. For other teams, it probably isn’t a big deal if they fail to qualify, but for Chelsea, qualifying isn’t negotiable. Conte’s future hinges on it, and for crying out loud, we are champions from last season. It matters for our reputation. It’s bad enough that we already failed once in 2015/16.
For Chelsea, this coming Sunday will have a lot of say in where we finish because of the way things currently stand on the table.
We’re three points behind United. So if we win on Sunday, the deficit would have been covered. If we lose on the other hand, it would have been stretched by another three points. It would also give Tottenham a two point lead above us. That would make things very difficult. We want to win and keep things easier for us.
The other thing is we have even bigger games than United in the next 3 weeks. After we face United at Old Trafford we’ll also travel to the Etihad to play Manchester City in the EPL. It might hurt our growing confidence if we lose this Sunday. We want to keep the momentum going, and win as much games as we can.
We have completed one part of this seemingly upheaval task; we must continue to play with our heads held high.
If anything, results since the defeat to Bournemouth and Watford has given us stronger belief, and should spur us on to achieve even greater victories the next few weeks.