Our Chelsea fans here in the Transfer Tavern are hoping to re-kickstart their season into the latter stages of the campaign, and build a little momentum throughout this next five matches.
Chelsea have so far this year stumbled and spluttered their way through their title defence, as per usual, it seems. With a downward spiral in the Premier League currently happening and, hopes of a top-four finish not looking as nailed on as they did a few months ago, life is pretty frustrating in SW6.
Rumours are flying around the pub among the regulars over Antonio Conte’s future, and player unrest is seeping through into the newspapers. All the while, the Italian is remaining upbeat and head-strong in a bid to keep the Stamford Bridge outfit afloat, until the end of the season at least.
However, with the next five games come some serious tests of character and, the Blues will have to dig deep. Having four out of the five matches away from home will be tough too, with both Manchester clubs to face, a return leg against Barcelona and two tricky matches against Crystal Palace and Leicester City in the FA Cup.
Our landlord takes a look at what two matches, Conte needs to win…