Chelsea play 18th placed Burnley tomorrow, in the final game before the October international break, and also the game which ends the Blues’ soft run to open the season.
As we all know, they haven’t been able to make the most of it – even a win tomorrow would at best put them in 9th – but things get nasty from here.
After the fortnight off, we face Arsenal at home, Brentford away, Tottenham away, Man City at home, Newcastle away, Brighton at home, then Man United at home on December 6th.
It’s a nasty run of games, and just a week ago we were fearing for the worst in those matches. Some doom and gloom merchants were predicting we might got get a win before December 9th, when we play Everton at Goodison Park.
Things look significantly rosier after two wins in a week however, and making that three tomorrow would really convince us we’ve turned a corner this season.
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So what evidence is there that it’s all coming together? Well the most important ingredient is time. Every player signed in the last 14 months settles more and more day by day, and Mauricio Pochettino, his staff and tactics get more time on the training ground.
Additionally the injury situation is improving all the time. We’re down to just a couple of undisputed first team players out now, with Reece James banned tomorrow but fit to return after the break. Armando Broja played on Monday night and finally is ready to compete with Nicolas Jackson up top.
Then there’s just the plain bad luck we’ve had for most of this season. The “underlying numbers” say we’ve been doing a lot better than our results suggest, and there have certainly been some freakish moments at both ends of the pitch that have cost us. Regression to the mean is a real thing, and we have earned a few lucky breaks without doubt.
If you believe all that, back us to rocket back up the table against the odds in the weeks to come.