Blue Mondays: Statement Made

After emphatically bouncing back against Southampton on Saturday, Thomas Tuchel can look ahead to a week where his side will compete in three competitions.

Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.

Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).

Another Defeat at Home:

This run of games began with the Champions League holders hosting the 13-time winners Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel made four changes from the side that was beaten by Brentford, looking to bounce back from what was a shocking defeat on home soil. Wednesday night’s game took off where the Bees left it, with the match taking off game at 100 mph.

In the first half, Karim Benzema looked like he had taken the tie away from Chelsea with two superb headers. However, with five minutes of the half left Kai Havertz gave the Blues a lifeline through a header of his own.

At half-time. Tuchel made a double change and changed the system, only for a defensive error in the first minute of the second half which gifted Benzema his hat-trick.

Chances came and went in the second half but Madrid held onto the 3-1 score line, leaving Chelsea a massive task next week in Spain.

(credit | Chelsea Football Club).

Hitting the Saints for Six:

After two big defeats the European Champions travelled to the South Coast to take on Southampton in another 3pm kick-off.

It was vital that the Blues got off to a good start at St Mary’s, and within 21 minutes the visitors found themselves 3-0 up through goals from Marcos Alonso, Mason Mount and Timo Werner.

Before half-time the Blues added a fourth before going into cruise control in the second half, where they converted twice more.

This win ties Chelsea’s highest away top flight win and sets them up nicely for their trip to Madrid on Tuesday.

(credit | Chelsea Football Club).

All to Play for in Spain:

A tough task awaits in Spain, where Chelsea need to win by a three goal margin victory if they are to qualify for the semi-finals of Europe’s biggest prize.

Given the ‘no away goal’ rule has been scrapped this year, the first goal will be vital.

The Blues do have a good record against Real Madrid, however, to turn this tie around, they will need to be on top of their game.

(credit | Chelsea Football Club).

Back at Wembley:

Whichever way their clash with Madrid goes, Chelsea will then look forward to another trip to Wembley to lay a few ghosts of previous visits to the stadium. The Blues record in the FA Cup against the Eagles is not great, losing three of their previous six games against their London rivals.

However, with Conor Gallagher unable to play against his parent club, Tuchel’s side will be looking to get through to yet another FA Cup final.


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