Tomorrow afternoon at 4pm, Chelsea take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge in what is undoubtedly the biggest game of our season. A single point here will ensure Chelsea maintain their status amongst Europe’s elite next season and propel Chelsea into the group stages of Champions League Football.
It’s easy to look back on Wednesday night’s game against Liverpool Football Club with mixed feelings. On the one hand, Chelsea looked very dangerous and fluid in attack each time they went forward in the second half. Alternatively, every time Liverpool went forward you knew they would have a pretty good chance at scoring. From a total of seven shots on target, Liverpool were able to score five goals. All in all, that is shocking.
It’s difficult to see quite where this problem is. Chelsea’s defence will need money spent on it in the summer, but at this point I find it hard to believe that both the defence and the goalkeeper have any confidence in each other to the point where players will have to be brought in this summer for both positions. Alongside this game we see Manchester United travel down to the King Power in another absolutely crucial tie. To be absolutely sure of our own Champions League qualification, we need Manchester United to beat Leicester. In this event we can afford to lose to Wolves, although obviously it is in our hands anyway.
Chelsea have won nine out of the last 12 matches and despite the nature of the three losses in this time being rather painful, the team has still been in good form lately. Wolves form is slightly more mixed, but they have won each of their last three games and will also need a win here if they are to be sure of European Football next season.
When the sides met in September, a baking hot day produced a thrilling encounter as Chelsea ran out 5-2 winners. The highlight of the day was surely Tammy Abraham bagging a first Premier League hatrick, but an honourable mention must be given to Fikayo Tomori who scored a 30-yard screamer into the top left corner of the Wolves net. How sweet it would be if we could somehow see a repeat of this scoreline tomorrow.
As painful as failing to qualify for Champions League Football would be next season, it is not the be all and end all of this club. Irregardless of the result tomorrow, this club will still be in such an exciting position heading into next season with the signings of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and maybe another German playmaker lurking on the horizon.
Better still, next Saturday we face Arsenal in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, so this will still have been an outstanding first season in charge of Chelsea Football Club for Frank Lampard. If you had told me we needed one point on the last day of the season to secure Champions League Football, I would have bitten your hand off.
Whatever happens tomorrow, these players are still human and most definitely care a lot about the long-term future of this club. I will be disgusted if I see abuse at the players thrown all over my social media after this game if things don’t go our way. It’s so easy to just be kind.