Arrrrrgh shit! So unbelievable! What! Oh my God! These expressions sum up arguably the most shocking result of the Premier league season and that of Chelsea Football Club. To better put it, Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce echoed the feeling that went viral around England, if not the world in his post-match press conference:
“That shocked you all, didn’t it?!”
Much to his amusement and that of the chasing pack in the title race, the heat is on and ideally, Conte and Chelsea must do well to deal with the pressure that will ensue in the coming weeks. From being home and dry and almost completely out of sight in the title race, we are now almost down to earth as our game against Bournemouth sandwiched in between ties against the Manchester clubs will surely give a defining act to our season.
Surely, Conte’s motivational skill set will be specially required to raise confidence level and put the team on the right foot. What he tells his players between now and the end of the season will have an impact in our bid for league triumph. As it stands now it should be business as usual as the weekend defeat has brought a reality check to us that life doesn’t give a pleasure ride in long stretches, least of all in the Premier League.
More so, the defeat should be seen more as a blessing in disguise rather than a crash. After all, we created a lot of chances to equalise and even win the game, but it was just a bad day at the office. Just like our reverse against Spurs in our title-winning season in 2014/15, our defeat against the Eagles could be the catalyst for another league triumph if only we can chose to learn and avoid more bad days at the office. There’s no cause for panic yet as our lead at the top is still healthy. Though it can be overturned, but we can show the mental resolve to pull through by giving a prompt and convincing response against Manchester City on Wednesday. It’s a do or die affair.
Let’s fight on and keep the blue flag flying high. Cheers!