After two successive goalless attracts, a 4-Zero victory within the Champions League over Krasnodar may have felt like a panacea.
Not solely was it an important European victory for Frank Lampard’s males, it additionally supplied Hakim Ziyech with a primary begin and a primary objective since his transfer from Ajax.
Edouard Mendy clear sheet shouldn’t go and not using a point out both – he’s now bought 4 in his final 4 for the Blues, which is a few going contemplating how leaky they’ve been.
Subsequent up is a visit to Burnley and prime 4 rivals Tottenham Hotspur will let you know simply how onerous this fixture will be.
Spurs sneaked a 1-Zero win at Turf Moor on Monday and needed to battle for the complete 90 minutes, with defender Toby Alderweireld left bloodied and bruised by his encounter with Ashley Barnes, whereas Chris Wooden wasn’t shy both.
After a gruelling journey throughout Europe, it’s in all probability the sport Chelsea had been least wanting ahead to.
Victory might doubtlessly get them as excessive as third after the complete time whistle, and Lampard will surely relish that place given their combined marketing campaign to this point.
Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are nonetheless discovering their toes, whereas Christian Pulisic, their key males on the finish of final season, has spent a number of the opening levels injured.
The American ace has fond recollections of Turf Moor after his good hat-trick there final season in a 4-2 win.
The physicality of Burnley, although, might see a little bit of a shake up too, with Werner benched and Tammy Abraham in to supply an aerial risk offensively and safety defensively.
In the meantime, a trio behind him of Pulisic, Havertz, and Mason Mount presents tempo and creativity, with the same old pairing of Jorginho and N’Golo Kante combing within the centre.
Thiago Silva ought to return to the XI, together with Reece James, whereas Kurt Zouma and Ben Chilwell are set to proceed in entrance of the, to this point, unflappable Mendy.