Chelsea never seem to learn from their mistakes. After putting London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to the sword and then holding treble winners Manchester City to a 4-4 draw, the future had begun to look brighter at Stamford Bridge.
However, it was one step forward and two back for Mauricio Pochettino's men after they fell to a 4-1 defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday. A handful of individual errors were the Blues' downfall on Tyneside and unfortunately for them, the fixture list isn't going to get easier.
Next up for Chelsea is the visit of Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday. The Seagulls, who the west Londoners have already defeated this season in the Carabao Cup, have not lost in all competitions since October 21.
Roberto De Zerbi's men are in Europa League action in Athens on Thursday and may be without some of their key players, but the injury issues continue to cause problems for Chelsea and Pochettino.
Two players who they will be desperate to welcome back are Christopher Nkunku and Romeo Lavia. The two summer signings are yet to make their competitive debut for the club but have continued their recovery at Cobham in recent weeks.
«It's difficult say [when Nkunku and Lavia will be back] because we need to assess them day by day,» Pochettino said before the weekend. «They are in a good condition. Nkunku a little ahead of Lavia. He was doing things with the group last week, still not fully recovered to be part of the squad.»
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