Suddenly, Chelsea’s game with Burnley this evening has taken on a renewed sense of importance, and our resident Blues simply cannot wait for it to get started.
A few days ago, Chelsea’s top-four chances looked dead and buried. They’d lost too many important games, and realistically, there was no clear route back into contention.
Even now, their chances are slim, and they’re relying on Tottenham slipping up another two times, but after Spurs’ draw with Brighton on Tuesday night, there is a remote possibility.
Nonetheless, all Chelsea can do is win all of their remaining games, and later on today, when they take on Burnley, they need to do exactly that. It won’t be easy though, given the Clarets’ fine form, and so Antonio Conte must get everything right.
He’s certainly got a few big calls to make ahead of the game, particularly in the attack. Alvaro Morata has struggled in recent weeks, and French forward Olivier Giroud was Chelsea’s matchwinner against Southampton over the weekend.
Whether he will opt to stick with Morata, who is rated at £58.5 million by Transfer Markt, or bring in Giroud from the start remains to be seen, but it’s easy to see what the Chelsea fans want to see happen.
Given Morata’s poor form, we recently polled Chelsea fans on whether Morata should be dropped for tonight’s game, and it’s fair to say that the results were very one-sided.
The results, which can be seen below, have revealed that a whopping 83% of Chelsea fans want to see Morata dropped, whilst just 17% seemingly want him to keep his place.
Clearly, then, Chelsea fans appear to be behind the idea of giving Olivier Giroud a start, and that makes sense. He was sensational against Southampton, and Conte must reward him for that.
Morata’s poor form, though, is a real concern – and so dropping him could have adverse effects. Still, Conte must think about the now, and a few Chelsea fans will clearly be quite disappointed if he doesn’t drop the Spaniard.
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