Opinion: Chelsea could benefit from Premier League postponement
As the Premier League and UEFA have decided to postpone matches amid the global health pandemic, there could be positive sides of the story for Chelsea.
Is there really?
It has been a tough couple of days for the west London outfit.
But this period of rest from football fixtures could help solve Chelsea’s biggest problem as of late, the injury crisis.
Premier League postponement could help solve Chelsea’s injury crisis
Frank Lampard understandably uttered his frustration regarding these injuries. He has lost his best midfielder [N’Golo Kante], his top scorer [Tammy Abraham], two young wingers [Christian Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi] to injuries, along with some other short-term injuries in between.
Lampard has somehow managed to keep Chelsea in the top four since October.
Chelsea, however, are not exactly sitting comfortably in fourth place. The gap to fifth-placed Manchester United is only three points. Even ninth-placed Arsenal could possibly dethrone Chelsea from the Champions League zone, with only eight points separating the two London sides.
The remaining nine fixtures will be vital [assuming the league will continue at some point], therefore the more options Lampard has at his disposal the better.
Three players from the injury list are close to returning
Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham will likely be back in the team by the time the Premier League restarts (scheduled on April 4).
Pulisic and Loftus-Cheek took part in an in-house game and according to Lampard, both only need to regain match fitness. While Tammy, who has been struggling with an ankle injury, could be ready by the end of this month.
Having these three could be the difference Lampard needs to achieve the top-four finish Chelsea have set eyes on since the beginning.
Although, it is also true that Chelsea could lose the momentum they’ve built with the two dominant wins over Liverpool and Everton.