A few weeks ago, we were one win away from getting our first trophy of the season. All we needed to do was beat Arsenal, and the Community Shield was ours for the first time in a few years, but we fell short of expectations.
We were close to seeing out the game, but then, somehow, we lost concentration, and the Gunners pulled one back, no thanks to some terrible defending.
The game went into extra time, and then to penalties, and we were outclassed. But that wasn’t the first time in 4 months we’d be denied by the red side of London. I recall that back in May, we were up against them in the FA cup final, and lost in similar fashion. Now, that’s two losses in as many fixtures against them, and it doesn’t tell well on our record. We’re usually the one with the upper hand in this fixture, but recent results (3 of the last four games) haven’t quite tilted in our favour and we need to change the narrative.
Today, we have the chance to do that. It may not be a cup final, but it’s an opportunity to deal them a heavy blow in the race for the title. They’re in a very bad place now, few points adrift of the top, and another loss will only compound their woes.
Before now, getting a win out of this fixture would have seem unlikely as we lost to Burnley on the opening day, but Chelsea have since got back their swagger and with Hazard and the rest of the squad seemingly back to full fitness and playing well, it should be a good one for us.
City won their game on Saturday, and managed to keep another clean sheet while at it. We don’t want to fall further behind or conceded too many goals. The title race in England has always been difficult, but this season’s might be the toughest in a while.