On Sunday we take on Manchester City, the current Premier League leaders in yet another crunch encounter. It’s increasingly looking likely they’ll win the title in a matter of weeks, judging by the way they’ve played thus far, and to be honest, they deserve to. On Thursday, they obliterated Arsenal at the Emirates stadium, and will be looking to do the same when we meet this weekend.
Our games against City have never been easy, and I don’t expect this one to be any different, but I, like every true Blue will be expecting nothing short of an outright Chelsea win in that fixture. It may not come easy because they’re in the form of their lives, but we need the game more than they do, so we must go for the kill.
We currently trail Tottenham by five points. If we lose or draw that game, losing or drawing that game definitely won’t help our cause. Dropping points would worsen our situation, and limit our chances of making it into the top four, with more crunch ties against the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool yet to come. If anything, we must attack the game with intent, and try to exhaust City, because to be honest, they’ll go into that game with lesser desire to win than us. So we must take advantage of that, and pursue nothing but a win.
We’re obviously the underdog, as we’ve been written off by a lot of people, but if we could pull such an impressive performance against Barcelona, City shouldn’t be any different.
We cannot afford to miss out in the top four again and this fixture is our surest bet to staying in the race. If we lose, it will be out of our hands and we’ll be doing lots of calculations to qualify for a Champions League place. Finishing outside the top 4 would be like reliving 2015/16 all over again – a total disaster.