Chelsea players will return from international duty with a game against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the back of their mind.
Chelsea will host Spurs at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, and Blues legend Pat Nevin is looking forward to this fixture which has been tagged as a must win game for Chelsea to keep up hopes of a top four finish.
Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “For all the travels and all the attempts to divert my own attention this week, I keep on getting back to the fact that we need to beat Tottenham this time. Our run of games that follow this weekend make me believe we can get back into the top four again and maybe also get to the FA Cup final if we secure these three points. Rarely have I been so happy to have a game at home, because Stamford Bridge is generally a real problem for our north London rivals.
“It has been 28 long years since they have recorded a league win at the Bridge and who can forget the night of tension back in 2016 when they totally lost control and indeed the league title challenge after Eden Hazard equalised late on. That was just like a critical cup-tie that night and although it is still five days away, it almost feels like a cup final this time as it is so important. Yes, I know we would still be two points behind them with a win, but they would suddenly be under huge pressure.”