Blue Mondays: A Much-Deserved Rest

After a hectic few months of non-stop football, Chelsea’s players will take a two-week rest before returning to FA Cup action next month.

Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.

Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).

Another Brighton Draw:

A midweek trip to the seaside on a cold weekday night when your team is under pressure is not the easiest of fixtures for Chelsea, who travelled to south to face Brighton on Tuesday evening.

Looking to better the 1-1 draw from the reverse fixture, Thomas Tuchel made three changes as he attempted to freshen his side up. This was Chelsea’s 18th game in 59 days with the schedule beginning to take its toll on the players’ condition.

It wasn’t pretty and even a good goal from Hakim Ziyech (although it seemed he was too tired to celebrate) couldn’t raise the tempo of the game. Yet again, Chelsea failed to hold onto a lead and after 60 minutes Brighton forced a leveller through an Adam Webster bullet-header.

In all honesty Chelsea didn’t really look like they could take the three points and the game ended 1-1. It seems that this season can be summed by, we don’t lose many, but we don’t win enough.

(credit | Sky Sports Football).

Wembley Opponents Confirmed:

The delayed semi-final was finally played out after COVID delays, with Liverpool defeating the Gunners at The Emirates to set up a 'red vs blue' final at Wembley.

Chelsea will have a very vocal 33,000 fans at the East End of the stadium as they look to repeat the League Cup victory of 2005 in Cardiff, that incidentally was on the same date against the same opposition.

Still 100% Against Spurs:

Tottenham came to Stamford Bridge for the fourth meeting between the two sides this season.

Antonio Conte brought a very defensive side to The Bridge as he looked to continue his unbeaten league run since he took over at Spurs. Chelsea started well and seemed to be in control of the game before Harry Kane had a goal disallowed just before half-time.

The second half started brightly with Hakim Ziyech curling a left-footed shot into the corner. The second came just eight minutes later as a pin-point Mason Mount free-kick found Thiago Silva, who guided the ball home to double Chelsea’s lead.

As the home fans serenaded Spurs with “Tottenham get battered”, the game finished with Chelsea in total control.

(credit | Sky Sports Football).

As mentioned, Chelsea will now enjoy a well-deserved rest before returning to action on February 5th, as The Blues face Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup.


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