- The Blues are set for a busy and difficult February-March period next year
- Chelsea face Barcelona in the Champions League with trips to both Manchester clubs in between each leg
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Chelsea will have to be prepared for the monumental task of having to play four tough fixtures later this season.
On the 20th February, the Blues host Barcelona in the first leg of the round of 16 tie in Europe. This match will surely be mentally and physically exhausing for Antonio Conte’s side.
Just four days later, a trip to Old Trafford is in order as Manchester United will hope to get revenge on our 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in November.
Heading into March and Chelsea will travel up to Manchester again to play City who may have wrapped up the Premier League title the way things are going for them. Whether or not that’s the case, this will have implications in the second leg against Barcelona.
There’s an 11 day gap between the game at the Etihad and the journey to Spain. However, the excruciating games in the build-up to this match won’t make things easy for us.
How will Chelsea fair in these four games?
The player’s should have every confidence that we can beat Barcelona in our own backyard. A Barcelona team that still consists of old guard players like Lionel Messi, Gerald Pique and Andreas Iniesta will still fear Chelsea. We may get out fought in the match at the Nou Camp, but an advantage going into that game will be extremely helpful.
A visit to Old Trafford is always hard. However, a result can be claimed away to City, especially if Pep Guardiola’s side have won the league by then. This would give us more incentive to get a result but that depends on how the table looks by then.