Our Chelsea fans here in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that the distraction of the Champions League can re-kick start their season.
The Blues so far this year have been poor, slipping down in the league and being knocked out of the semi-final of the Carabao Cup have all led to reports gathering pace that Antonio Conte is facing the axe at Stamford Bridge.
However, Chelsea impressed against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge and, with it all to play for at the Camp Nou, the Blues in our bar are dreaming about a potential run in the competition they won so famously back in 2012. Conte will be looking for a big game performance from his players, and if he was to turn this season around it could be the jumpstart Chelsea need.
That’s easier said than done of course, though the punters propping up the bar do believe the Blues have the kind of talent available to Conte.
With that in mind, our landlord takes a closer look at two players that need to perform for Conte to ensure the result…