Blue Mondays: An End to the Home Rot

Coming off the back of consecutive London derbies at home, Chelsea will look forward to two trips to the North-West.

Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.

Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).

Defeat to Arsenal:

The games at Stamford Bridge after the club’s ticket sanctions have been a disaster form start to finish.

Ahead of Wednesday’s match against Arsenal, Thomas Tuchel rotated his side again and gave some fringe players some vital gametime. The match started badly for the European Champions with the Gunners taking lead on the 13th minute – curtesy of an Andreas Christensen mistake. Timo Werner equalised soon after, but the scores only stayed level for another 10 minutes as Emile Smith Rowe made it 2-1 through a cool finish.

César Azpilicueta made it 2-2 just after the 30th minute mark, with the game staying that way heading into the break.

Just before the hour mark, Arsenal made it 3-2 with the goals continuing to flow at Stamford Bridge. Eddie Nketiah picked up his second of the match, which came as a result of another defensive error.

The game was then sealed in injury time through a Bukayo Saka penalty, which capped off a fantastic result for the Gunners.

This was the third home defeat in a row for the hosts, which comes for the first time in 29 years.

(credit | Chelsea Football Club).

Bouncing Back Against the Hammers:

A London derby after three home defeats would surely see Chelsea come flying out the blocks, especially to gain revenge on a 3-2 defeat away at West Ham earlier in the season.

Wrong. The first half was slow and pedestrian, with Chelsea never even coming close to scoring. The second half was slightly better, but it took a triple change by Thomas Tuchel to change the game. With 15 minutes to go, Romelu Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic were brought on to aid the chances of the Blues picking up three valuable points.

With four minutes remaining, Romelu Lukaku was pulled back by Craig Dawson, which resulted in Michael Oliver pointing to the penalty spot. Dawson later received red through the intervention of VAR, with things going from bad to worse for the Hammers.

Jorghino stepped up and saw his penalty saved after a poor effort from 12 yards.

However, just as the Hammers thought that they would be leaving the Bridge with a point, up stepped Christian Pulisic to convert Marcos Alonso’s cross to give the Blues all three points.

(credit | Chelsea Football Club).

A Trip to the Theatre of Dreams:

Due to Chelsea reaching another FA Cup Final, the trip to Old Trafford has been rearranged for Thursday night at 19:45. The Blues overall record in the league at Old Trafford is nothing short of abysmal, although it has been better in recent years.

This will be the 80th away league game against Manchester United, with Chelsea having only ever come away with a win on 19 occasions. With United struggling for form, the Blues will certainly start the match as favourites.

A Reunion With Frank:

May bank holiday weekend sees another trip to the North-West to face Frank Lampard’s relegation threatened Everton side.

This is another ground that is not a happy hunting ground for Chelsea, with the London club having only won there 18 times out of the previous 82 games.

With Frank desperately needing three points to keep his side in the top flight, he will be hoping that Chelsea will be struggling after another busy run of games.


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