Chelsea battle relegation fighters Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge, and the Blues will need nothing less than a win.
Here are 3 pre-match talking points:
CHELSEA MUST WIN TO BOOST HOPES OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFICATION:
Chelsea are on a late season winning run which has now stretched to five games. The crucial win over Liverpool has now given the club an outside chance of qualifying for Europe’s top competition. Certainly, the need to keep the momentum and our hopes alive with a win over Huddersfield will be crucial. But on the flipside, can Conte’s Chelsea break down David Wagner’s team that kept Manchester City at bay? Our tactical approach to this game is important. In recent games, Conte has been pragmatic, but being artistic in this game from the start will be crucial to getting the result we desire.
CHELSEA MUST BEWARE OF BANANA PEEL HUDDERSFIELD?
The relegation fight is still on and as confirmed Stoke City is the only relegated team at the moment. Two more teams are expected to join them in being relegated to the Championship. Huddersfield, Southampton and West Brom are still in the fight.
So, Chelsea should not expect a walk in the park game against Huddersfield. They will be looking to take points off us to boost their survival hopes. If they need any inspiration of any sought, then wins by Bournemouth, West Ham and Watford against us should serve them well. More so, Chelsea can retrospectively learn lessons from those games to understand the magnitude of this clash and do well to avoid a slipup against David Wagner’s team.
IT’S ALL OR NOTHING FOR CHELSEA AND CONTE:
It is in big games that we know big players. Chelsea’s clash is now a crucial cup final we must win. Despite our hopes of Champions League qualification dependent on the result of our top four rivals, the onus is also on us to win too. Conte will need his players to stand up for the fight and prevail. The mental test of this fight is what will prove their mettle as big players. A win over Huddersfield will only mount more pressure on Spurs and Liverpool as it goes down to the wire and final game of the season. Both the coaching and playing staffs at Chelsea need to give all in their lockers to keep the blue flag flying high.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!