Its just about respect now.
Last week’s draw to West Ham coincided with the farewell to Ray Wilkins and so the game was given less importance in context. At Stamford Bridge its now become a sense of acceptance and a view towards the future.
Southampton are 18th and are in poor form and Chelsea according to recent form will want to help Southampton get the three points. This is basically a rehearsal for the FA Cup semi final and Chelsea should take it seriously and as an opportunity to give some game time to fringe players like Barkley, Drinkwater, Emerson etc.
Southampton narrowly lost to Arsenal last week and will take encouragement for their performance at the Emirates.
Chelsea Team Preview
David Luiz and Ampadu remain the only players out due to injury. Conte has reiterated that this game is of utmost importance but its not like he is the one who is going to play on the pitch. Conte also stated that he is not reading into any transfer rumours and focused on Chelsea.
Southampton Team Preview
Hughes has stated that Southampton are raring to go, with Charlie Austin among others back from injury to push for safety. Hughes will be looking to avoid becoming the first manager to have had a hand in relegating two premier league sides in a season.
Starting XI Prediction
Time for another go at ending this poor run of form. Southampton will definitely fancy their chances though.
COME ON CHELSEA!!!