|October-November : Two crucial months.
October and November will be the two months which will really test our title challenge. These two months will tell us if Chelsea are genuine title-winning material. We have a tough round of fixtures coming our way, after the ongoing international break. Tottenham away, then Manchester United at home. In November, we face the tough challenges of Swansea, Liverpool, West Brom, Manchester City and Fulham in the league. Apart from that, we have a league cup game against Manchester United in October and Champions League games against Shakhtar Donetsk, home and away and Juventus away in these two months.
So far, the only big teams we’ve faced have been Arsenal and Juventus. We looked good against them but there are tougher challenges ahead. Teams like Wigan, Stoke, Norwich, Reading, etc. can’t really show the full caliber that our team possess. No doubt, every game these days is a big game, but this makes the actual big games even tougher. The results and performances so far have been satisfactory, but tougher times lie ahead. We cannot afford to slip up at this stage, because this stage is very crucial in the fight for the title. An exciting start is what Chelsea have always been getting, but in recent seasons, we have seen slip-up’s at this point of the season.
If we manage to come out of this round of fixtures unscathed, still on top and without facing any big losses, then we can safely say Chelsea are the top contenders for the title this season and were not giving any false signals about that early on. This grueling round will also test our squad depth and the ability of our new signings to perform in big games, under pressure. It will also be the route-drawer for Roberto Di Matteo, to know what kind of signings in what positions he has to make, this January to make this team better.
It will also be a major test of Roberto Di Matteo’s tactical awareness and his ability to use the squad properly, and effectively. Will we still be top of the league after these two months or will we slip up? It’s just a matter of wait-and-watch, for now.
Konark Antani ()