"Huddersfield worked really hard on Sunday at Man City, but Chelsea HAVE to win this football match otherwise Sunday's win against Liverpool will be pointless and just goes out the window", Merson told Sky Sports. "It is part of this football club and this football club's identity and DNA". We got our reward. I have no complaints about these fixtures. I am absolutely fine with the position we are in.
Chelsea's penultimate clash of the campaign comes against Huddersfield Town on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge. That is exactly how our mindset has to be. "For me personally and us as a club, to secure our status would be bigger than the achievement of promotion last season and, for me, it would be like we have won the league".
Meanwhile, Liverpool are still sitting three points ahead of Chelsea with a vastly superior goal difference, while Tottenham have a two-point cushion over the West London club.
Swansea begin the game against Southampton in the drop zone for the first time in over two months, but I wonder if Southampton will be left rueing the two points they dropped at Goodison deep into injury time on Saturday.
"We are into the last week, but it feels like one of the busiest", added Wagner. From my point of view it was a challenge anyway (even without the Blues' Champions League ambitions still being alive).More news: Cordray, DeWine projected to win OH gubernatorial primaries
"But we are in a position we have been in nearly all season". Only once have we been in the bottom three.
Manchester City (and its fans!) sure know how to celebrate title wins.
"We don't have to lie", Wagner said.
You can never guarantee anything, especially given Huddersfield's motivations, but this one seems like it will be Chelsea's.
Chelsea are on a roll and logic would suggest a team that can beat the Champions League finalists, should be able to beat Premier League strugglers, that have picked up just 13 points on the road all season, easily just three days later. "We don't have to make this task small". This is our aim at Chelsea.More news: Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir join WWE, start training for debut
"We try to be at our best physically, at our best with the fighting spirit and then work for our reward".
Tom Ince returns to the squad after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury.
Chris Lowe: Chris Lowe is listed as a "slight doubt" by Physio Room, but is expected to be fit and available for Huddersfield's trip to the Bridge. David Wagner will hope for a similar performance and some luck on Wednesday.
Only 44% of Chelsea's home games have seen three or more goals scored and Huddersfield away games have yielded three or more only 39% of the time so under 2 ½ Goals at around the [2.5] on the Exchange looks decent enough and the 8/5 with the Sportsbook looks a cracking price.
Times were much happier for Chelsea following this match, with the result bringing them level with Manchester United in second place.More news: Players Championship Odds: Rory, Jordan, JT and JDay favorites in Las Vegas