Chelsea must maintain focus after bruising 5 days

Chelsea had an air of invincibility when what was seen as a successful transfer window followed an unprecedented Champions League triumph last year.

A challenge for the Premier League title was expected and a tilt towards hosting the European Cup was anticipated. Ultimately, it looks like neither activity will go as long as expected at the end of the season.

The Blues have been existing in a strange limbo nationally between the top two and the chasing pack, with little chance of being caught or caught up. In Europe, they made light work of Lille in the Champions League round of 16, and a quarter-final tie against a much-improved Real Madrid was eagerly anticipated despite being an unknown quantity.

All this, of course, occurred against the background of the sanctions imposed on the club’s owner Roman Abramovich and subsequently the prolonged takeover, which does not yet have a clear outcome.

However, while Chelsea have been unflinching during this period of great turmoil, the consecutive defeats in which they have conceded Seven the times now threaten to derail them as the season winds down.

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