LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 03: Benoit Badiashile of Chelsea warms up prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on December 03, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Watching Chelsea Football Club this season is like riding a rollercoaster with minimal safety straps. Some points of it are enjoyable. Others not so much. Just when you think the wheels are going to fall off, the west London outfit grind out a win at home with 10 men for the last 45 minutes. Before the Blues even have a chance to digest the three points, Mauricio Pochettino’s men travel to the Theater of Dreams for a massive fixture on Wednesday night.
It is not all sunshine and rainbows for Manchester United. Erik ten Hag’s side heads into Wednesday night following a dismal display at St. James’ Park. The Red Devils looked well off the pace throughout the entire match, failing to create any sort of real opportunities. With them already down, the Blues need to be able to execute. Both sides have a whole lot to play for, especially Chelsea who needs to continue to pile on the points if a European finish where to be in its future.
If the west Londoners can find a way to earn the maximum result in addition to having a few outcomes go their way elsewhere, tenth place could be in the rearview mirror by Thursday night. It’s all about limiting those individual errors. If you don’t gift wrap the opposition free runs at the goalkeeper, the effect is quite positive. Funny how that works.
It all starts with the kind of team Poch names prior to the match. Here we take a look at three players that must be in the starting unit for the west London side to leave northern England with the points.