Anyone who has jumped on the “Chelsea are finished” bandwagon could be left with egg on their face if the club come out of their next three games with maximum points. Carlo Ancelotti and his team are facing a make or break triple header before the new year.
First up for the Blues will be a trip to an in-form Tottenham side this Sunday, who will be on a high after finishing top of their Champions League group to reach the next stage of the tournament. Chelsea have failed to win at White Hart Lane since 2005 and with the visitors in the middle of what is becoming a worrying drop in form, Spurs will be looking at coming out of the London derby with three points, but the football tips indicate the Blues could nick a win.
The tricky run continues the following week when Manchester United arrive at Stamford Bridge. Sir Alex Ferguson will be looking to kill off Chelsea’s threat once and for all with a win. A returning Frank Lampard could have something to say about that though and United should be very wary underestimating this experienced Chelsea side.
Carlo Ancelotti’s post-Christmas treat will be short trip across town to the Emirates to face current league leaders Arsenal. If Chelsea go into the match on the end of back-to-back victories, then the Gunners could be in for festive flogging. Chelsea took the three points in their first match this season, winning 2-0, and Ancelotti will be looking for a repeat performance. Anyone who has placed a football bet on Chelsea to win the title shouldn’t give up just yet.
Didier Drogba has handed his team a boost over as he heads back to full fitness. The relief of getting on the score sheet last weekend against Everton was evident in Drogba’s celebration after he emphatically smashed home a penalty.
The Ivorian striker is fully aware of what an important few games are coming up for his club’s prospects for this season after their disappointing recent run.
“These three games are not coming at the right time for us but they will change the situation we’re in now if we win them. It’s not finished yet,” he told the Evening Standard.
Chelsea can count themselves lucky to still be very much in the title race after such poor recent form. The pressure will be on the side to punish their rivals in the next three games.