Chelsea would have been hopeful that a charge toward a Champions League place was on the cards following an impressive upturn in recent results. The next challenge that followed was a trip to Old Trafford to take on fellow challengers Manchester United, with both managers under pressure.
An early Bruno Fernandes penalty miss would have brought some panic to the home side, but that was alleviated shortly after by Scott McTominay. Despite the dominance from the Red Devils, Cole Palmer brought the game level just before the halfway mark with an individual effort.
The Blues still found themselves under immense pressure, though, as McTominay doubled his tally on the night and gave his side the lead once more. It would prove to be a costly goal as United went on to win the game, denting Chelsea's chances of a Champions League finish.
With a very busy fixture schedule ahead, here's a look at Chelsea's next five and how they compare to their rivals.
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Next up is a trip to Merseyside to take on an Everton side that will be fighting for every point available in their fight for survival this season. Despite a ten point deduction, the Toffees have been competitive and will be more than capable of causing a problem for the Blues.
With a return to Stamford Bridge on the cards, Chelsea host a Sheffield United team that sit rock bottom of the Premier League and offers a chance at three points. The Blades could look rejuvenated under Chris Wilder, though, who recently replaced Paul Heckingbottom at the helm.
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