With dreams of a top-four spot and Champions League qualification hanging by the slimmest of threads, these are trying times for Chelsea supporters.
For the second time in three seasons, Stamford Bridge could be devoid of Champions League football, courtesy of the 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town last night.
Looking back on what was a disappointing result, we’ve come up with a quartet of facts that might interest you.
• Against Huddersfield Town, Chelsea managed 22 shots, the highest amount by an individual player being, surprisingly, Antonio Rudiger who had 5.
• Ahead of the game last night, Chelsea had a very good record when it came to playing promoted sides at Stamford Bridge, 51 fixtures have yielded 42 wins, 8 draws and just the 1 defeat (against Bournemouth in December 2015).
• The goal credited to Marcos Alonso last night, when a clearance crashed against his head and rebounded into the net, made it 7 Premier League goals for the Spaniard, who also has 2 assists, no other defender in the Premier League can match his total of being involved in 9 goals.
• The draw not only means that Huddersfield Town retain their Premier League status but also that all three promoted teams have avoided relegation, only the third time in the history of the Premier League this has happened.
Next top for Chelsea is Newcastle (a) this Sunday, the last Premier League fixture of the 2017 / 2018 season.