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Chelsea’s hunt for a “Big 6” home win continues…

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23rd January 2022, approximately 801 days ago. Hudson-Odoi’s pass across to Hakim Ziyech found the top left corner in front of the Matthew Harding.

“Tottenham get battered” and “champions of the world” rings around the stadium as the blues win yet another grand slam fixture on ‘super sunday’.

Fast forward to April 2024 and Chelsea have not got close to that type of feeling, the capitulation against Arsenal back in October and the last minute equaliser against Manchester City are the closest, but nothing just beats that feeling of getting one over your rivals.

Realistically Chelsea’s table rivals are none of the ‘big 6’ but they will always sit as grand slam fixtures. The aim of beating Newcastle, Brighton and West Ham has become the norm but when the time comes to play the teams of that level they have become the more tighter battles.

The blues have been respectable at home this season against the ‘big 6’ and even away if you remove the disaster at Old Trafford but the fact remains, everything around the club screams midtable.

Chelsea haven’t beaten Manchester City at home since the 19/20 lockdown fixture when goals from Pulisic and Willian were enough to hand Liverpool the title. When it comes to Arsenal, Marcos Alonso’s last minute winner in August 2018 was the last time we beat the Gunners at home.

When it comes to beating both Liverpool and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, the record has become embarrassing on too many levels for a supposed ‘big’ club. Despite beating Liverpool in the FA Cup at home just before the lockdown period, Chelsea haven’t beaten Liverpool at home in the Premier League since Giroud’s header at the back end of the 17/18 season.

This also corresponds with the last time we have beaten Manchester United, Morata’s bullet header during the first half of the 17/18 season was enough to beat a Manchester United side who at the time were managed by Jose Mourinho. The record away from home stretches to 2013.

The record at Stamford Bridge might be improving but the feel good factor of last minute draws, penalty shootout wins over Newcastle just don’t hit the same as beating a rival. January 2022 will be looking to become April 2024.

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