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What next? The 5 key goals Chelsea must focus on achieving…

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Understandably, Chelsea were left with mixed feelings following a quarter-final elimination in the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid last night.

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Many had ruled them out of a potential come back , with even Thomas Tuchel skeptical of their chances ahead of the second leg.

For 75 minutes, however, the Blues defied all odds, netting three goals at the famous Santiago Bernabeu.

Unfortunately, a lack of concentration ruined what would have been an astonishing come back  and Thomas Tuchel perfectly summarized the night after game.

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“We are very disappointed and very proud at the same time, we played a fantastic match,” Tuchel said.

“We were unlucky, that’s why we’re disappointed. We got beaten by pure individual quality and conversion.”

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With the elimination from the Champions League, a defeat in the Carabao cup final and their non involvement in the Premier League title race, Chelsea would have to refocus their energy elsewhere from now till the end of the season.

In here, we take a look at 5 of the goals Chelsea need to achieve before the end of the season.

#1 Break the Wembley curse

Chelsea’s attention turns to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, with Patrick Viera’s side standing between them and another appearance at Wembley.

Undoubtedly, the Blues are considered favorites for the tie and if they are able to live up to the tag and progress to the final, it will be their third consecutive FA Cup final and their fourth final at Wembley.

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The Blues, have lost their last three finals at Wembley, with the first coming under Frank Lampard when they were defeated by Arsenal in the FA Cup final.

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Current manager Thomas Tuchel also lost his first at the hands of Leicester before suffering a defeat at the hands of Liverpool in the EFL Cup.

With the FA Cup being the only trophy available to clinch for the Blues before the end of the season, it has become more than important to break the Wembley curse.

#2 Consolidate 3rd place

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea proved that nothing is particularly impossible in football, but even they will accept that a desire to win the Premier League will be considered over ambitious and unrealistic.

Both Manchester City and Liverpool are far away from the pack, and Chelsea have no other option than to settle for third position and not ‘bottle it’ like they did against Real Madrid last night.

With a couple of games left to be played, Chelsea are 5 points ahead of Tottenham Hotspurs who have played a game more.

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Antonio Conte’s men are certainly on fire having won their last 4 games to eclipse Arsenal in 4th place.

The goal for Chelsea then is to amass as many points as possible to avoid slipping into 4th place or in the worst case scenario out of the top 4 entirely.

# 3 A clue of the attack next season…

It might sound too early, but the last stage of the season could prove pivotal in deciding which of the attacking players stay at the club next season.

Without a doubt, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and to some extent Callum Hudson Odoi will not be switching clubs in the summer but questions do remain over the futures of the other attacking players.

For reasons well known, Romelu Lukaku hasn’t thrived on his return to Stamford and there appears to be the consensus that his style of play is in complete contrast with Tuchel’s style of play at Chelsea.

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Perhaps, Thomas Tuchel will try and experiment with a strategy that will give him a new lease of life before the end of the season.

But if that doesn’t work out as well, then the chances of the Belgian leaving will grow even more.

Like Lukaku, Timo Werner hasn’t lived up to the hype since his move from Leipzig last summer . But his last two performances against Southampton and Real Madrid suggest that he might have a future.

More appearances in the next games could provide a clue of his future at the club.

Also, reports of departure on Pulisic and Ziyech have also been rife this season and the amount of minutes both players have in the last stage of the season might influence their decision to stay or leave.

#4 Complete take over

Away from the pitch, the most critical issue Chelsea would have to deal with is the take over for the next owner.

The Blues are still in the process of finding a permanent replacement for their sanctioned owner Roman Abramovich, with tomorrow being set as the deadline for the 4 shortlisted consortiums to put in their finalized bid.

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The hope is that the take over process will be completed as swiftly as possible as it has consequences for certain decisions.

#5 At least let Rudi stay…

Rudiger’s performance last night both offensively and defensively showed clearly the need for the club to renew his contract which expires this summer.

While that is impossible under the sanctions and special license, the club would have to make it a priority once the takeover has been completed.

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The German has been immense since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel and his leadership qualities will very much be needed if the club is to challenge for trophies in subsequent seasons.

 

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