Paul Merson has claimed he’s fairly confident over Chelsea’s pursuit of a top four spot in the Premier League, but did recognise the importance of the next two games.
The Blues managed a 2-2 away draw at third-placed Leicester at the weekend, which means that they sit fourth in the league table during their mini winter break.
Frank Lampard’s side don’t return to action until Monday 17 February and it’s a chance for the squad to get some rest in their legs.
But they have back-to-back home games against Manchester United then Tottenham to prepare for, which comes just before a Champions League last-16 first leg showdown with Bayern Munich.
Spurs sit fifth in the league table only four points behind Chelsea, while seventh-placed Manchester United are just six points adrift.
Sky Sports pundit Merson insists Chelsea can all but wrap up a top four finish if they earn victories over their chasing rivals, but stated they will be in “major trouble” if they fail to win either of them.
“I am all right with Chelsea at the moment, they have two big games coming up – Man Utd and Tottenham at home – if they win both of them, for me they will finish in the top four,” Merson said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“So the next two home games are the ones – if they do not win either of them, I think they are in major trouble for top four. But if they win them, then I think the only ones who can catch them are Wolves.”
Lampard’s team won 2-0 away at Spurs back in the December in the reverse league meeting, but they have looked more impressive on the counter attack on the road and it’s at home breaking down teams that has been an ongoing issue.
Meanwhile, they have to seek revenge on United after losing 4-0 to them in the league on the opening day and also being dumped out of the Carabao Cup by them too.
Chelsea fans are understandably nervous about finishing in the Champions League spots, but wins in their next games will calm nerves and they should take encouragement from the fact that the teams around them have all been inconsistent too this campaign.