We’re in the middle of the busiest season on record, and right now the fun doesn’t stop.
Chelsea played on Saturday, with another game coming up tonight.
But there was still room on Monday morning for some big news – the Champions League draw.
The Blues, having had a punishing run of draws in the second round of the competition, hoped for a little bit of a break this time around.
But the sequence of PSG, PSG, Barcelona, Bayern Munich was followed up by… an in form Atletico Madrid. Just our luck.
Despite that, sites like MobileBet have us 7th favourite to lift the trophy. That would have seemed impossible a little over a year ago when Frank Lampard took over this team with a transfer ban in place.
While Bayern Munich, Man City, Liverpool, Juventus, PSG and Real Madrid are all ahead of us, it’s easy to see us climbing higher up the rankings.
Juve have Cristian Ronaldo, to be fair, but apart from that their rookie manager Andrea Pirlo isn’t having the easiest time, and we can see things turning very sour indeed before the spring.
PSG, meanwhile, have to play Barcelona in the second round. The Blaugrana are struggling at the moment, but they still have Leo Messi, and it’s easy to see the French side choking again.
Even Liverpool have a tough game in the shape of RB Leipzig. If the Germans can get a draw at Anfield, anything is possible in their home game.
Real Madrid have had a brilliant week turning round their season, but had previously looked seriously flawed. By the time we reach the spring they might have rounded into form – but they might also be looking vulnerable again.
All in all, Chelsea chances in the competition could be seriously boosted over the next few months, and a lot will depend on their domestic form.
After a relatively easy run, they failed their first tougher test against Everton at the weekend, and now have another tricky fixture in the form of Wolves tonight.
Win that and the following game against West Ham and they set themselves up nicely for the festive fixtures.
One of the most important factors will be getting our injured wingers back. We struggled to hurt Everton without them, and nobody is better at playing compact and deep than Atletico. Without the pace and tricky to get them one on one out wide, we could be in trouble.