Blue Mondays: One Last Push

Having secured a top four finish, Chelsea will now turn their attention towards Saturday’s Champions League final against Manchester City.

Revenge on the Foxes:

Having tasted defeat against Leicester in the FA Cup Final, Chelsea began the week with a repeat of the same fixture – taking on Brendan Rodgers side at Stamford Bridge.

The game was of immense value to either side, with both teams still making a push towards securing Champions League football for next season. A win for the Foxes would’ve secured their top four finish, whilst defeat for the Blues would have made their task almost impossible heading into the final game of the season.

For Thomas Tuchel, the game went to plan – with Chelsea powering past their opponents in a memorable 2-1 victory in the nation’s capital. The game wasn’t short of entertainment, finishing with a brawl between both sets of teams.

Chelsea won the game by going two goals ahead with Antonio Rüdiger and Jorginho converting for the Blues. The visitors were given a late lifeline through substitute Kelechi Iheanacho, but it wasn’t enough for Leicester to steal a point at the Bridge.

Defeat at Villa:

The victory against Leicester resulted in Chelsea’s destiny returning back into their own hands. Tuchel’s side were back inside the top four, needing a result at Villa Park to cement their final place in the league.

Despite’s their hot start to the game, Chelsea went 2-0 down with goals coming from former player Bertrand Traoré and Anwar El Ghazi. The Blues later rescued a late goal through Ben Chilwell, but failed to find a second – resulting in a 2-1 defeat in the Midlands.

In the final minutes of the game, Blues’ skipper César Azpilicueta received a red card for violent misconduct. The Spaniard is set to miss the opening three league games of the new campaign, but has the time and option to appeal the decision.

Regardless of the result, Tottenham’s 4-2 win at the King Power saw Leicester remain in 5th place – meaning that Chelsea kept their place in the top four.

It wasn’t ideal, or even pretty for that matter – but Chelsea will play in the Champions League next season.

All Eyes on Portugal:

With the Premier League season done and dusted, Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea will shift their focus on their Champions League final clash against Manchester City.

The Blues have endured a tough ending to what was a relatively successful campaign, seeing defeats in three of their final four games. Having lost five out of their last six finals, the London club will hope to make amends by winning their second ever Champions League trophy.

For both Thomas Tuchel and Thiago Silva – who were both involved in last season’s final defeat with PSG – there may just be an extra point to prove on Saturday evening. Both Tuchel and Silva will be looking to set the record straight against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, in the hopes of not letting history repeat itself on the night.

Additionally, Thomas Tuchel is hoping that Édouard Mendy will be fit enough to participate in Saturday’s final.

The Blues ‘number one’ goalkeeper was injured in Sunday’s game at Villa Park, colliding with the post just before half time. However, the Senegalese international has received positive results from the scan on his ribs – giving Chelsea every hope he will be fit for the final.

The Blues will also be monitoring the fitness of N’Golo Kanté, who was left out of the matchday squad against Aston Villa.

Unlike their previous final in 2012, Chelsea will travel to Porto with what could potentially be a fully fit squad. There is one final hurdle that the Blues must overcome in what has been a season saturated with drama, with it all boiling down to Saturday’s all-English Champions League final.


Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).

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