Chelsea will be looking to halt a run of two successive defeats when they lock horns with Leicester City for the second time in the space of just four days at Stamford Bridge in a crucial Premier League encounter this evening, kick-off 8:15pm.
The Blues, who have failed to win any of their last three home clashes with the Foxes, were beaten 1-0 by Brendan Rodgers’ side in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, with Youri Tielemans’ second half stunner sealing a historic win for the Midlands club.
Defeat to Leicester marked a second straight defeat for Chelsea, as they were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal last Wednesday evening, which, of course, robbed them of the opportunity to move back above the Foxes in the Premier League table and into third.
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With tonight’s encounter seeing Chelsea enter it two points behind Leicester in third and just one ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool, the outcome could have a significant impact on the club’s top-four prospects.
Nevertheless, the Blues know that their fate remains in their own hands, as two wins from their remaining two matches would see them clinch third place. However, head coach Thomas Tuchel has urged his players to remain “focused” and enter tonight’s game “like any other.”
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Monday lunchtime, the German said: “Well, that didn’t make things boring in the Premier League, that late goal from Alisson! But, at all costs… I don’t like, because it’s not what we do.
“We want to win games. It’s not about life and death but it’s also super important for our ambitions.
“Of course, the situation is very clear: it’s still in our hands. So this is very positive and what we worked hard for. We approach the game more or less like any other game, the more tension is on the more normal approach we use.