All the build-up during the week was for our penultimate home game of the season, a must win against the Scousers. The media, however, had other ideas, we’ve had links to most notably Koulibaly, Fekir, Martial and what seems to be our next manager, Maurizio Sarri.
As the week grew so did the strength in rumours to Maurizio Sarri, it’s all but confirmed that he’s leaving Napoli and it seems that he’s coming to the Bridge. As a result the lazier of the media linked us with half the Naples side, Jorginho, Koulibaly And Hysaj to name a few. The links are positive, however, the sources not so. The more likely of the three is probably Hysaj from what I’ve seen and heard. It’s too early yet to talk about transfers, however, I believe Hysaj would be a strong addition to the club, Sarri not so.
The other big rumours around are regarding Fekir although the rumours of him to Liverpool seem more concrete, he would be a player that I’d gladly accept and has been impressive every time I’ve seen him. The other big name we’ve been linked with is Anthony Martial, it would be a blessing if we could get him however the rumoured £40million plus Willian seems a bit steep for a player that wants out. I’d take both of them at the club and I’d hope the board would do all they can to make it happen, but I’m doubtful at that.
Then all attention switched to our must-win game against Liverpool. Eventually, the game came and a controlled Chelsea side dominated in what only turned out to be a victory by a single goal, thanks to the head of Olivier Giroud, which made the Bridge rock. The game also saw standout performances from Eden Hazard, Antonio Rüdiger and Timeoue Bakayoko in their respective positions as well as the ever fantastic N’golo Kante. Also, an honourable mention to Victor Moses who was great throughout including assisting the games only goal. Through keeping their danger-man Mohamed Salah quiet (mostly thanks to the fantastic Antonio Rudiger) we limited them to not even a clear-cut chance and while we were far from clinical the single goal was enough for the three points against a sub-par Liverpool.
The Week Ahead
Next up Huddersfield at home, followed by the long trip to the Toon in what looks to be Antonio Conte’s final game at Chelsea. Two victories will give us hope at Champions League football but were ultimately relying on Liverpool or Spurs to mess it up.
Aside from the battles of the transfer window and top 4, I’d like to wish Sir Alex Ferguson a speedy recovery from his surgery.