Chelsea FC: Blues Must Do Better in Next Sequence

Stuart EastwoodContributor IIJanuary 31, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on September 24, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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The Blues sit in fourth place and would have been pleased to see results go their way over the last weekend of Premiership football. 

With Spurs yet to come to Stamford Bridge, the fight for No. 3 is still open, even if the title itself looks out of our reach. 

As has been discussed at length, failure to make a top four finish removes Chelsea from next season’s Champions League draw.

There are those who believe that not qualifying for the Champions League would not be a complete disaster, arguing that it would allow Chelsea to rebuild without the added pressure of the premier club competition in Europe.

Without in any way wishing to suggest that the club will suffer long-term damage by not making the cut, I cannot agree. 

Not playing CL football next term would be very costly and come at a time when UEFA Fair Play rules are about to bite.

Given factors such as our wage bill and limited seating at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea need every penny of revenue it can muster. 

A look at the last seven EPL games shows that the recent win over Sunderland, and the draw away to Norwich, may have been a reasonable return.

1. CITY (WDLWWWL) 13 points
2. UNITED (WWWLLWW) 15 points
4. SPURS (WDWWDLW) 14 points
5. NORWICH (DDLDWWD) 10 points
6. CHELSEA (DDLWWDD) 10 points
7. NEWCASTLE (DLWLWWL) 10 points
8. SWANSEA (LDDWWLD) 9 points
Chelsea must surely garnish at least 75 points to ensure CL football next season.

If that is to be achieved, the Blues probably need a better return than the 10 points taken from the last seven games. 

The away trip to Brendan Rogers and the Swans resulted in a draw, which was a good point for us since Swansea have only lost one match at home.

In March, winnable home matches with United and Bolton, and a traditionally difficult away trip to Everton, must produce at least seven points.

The following three games against West Brom, Stoke and then Manchester City away must give us another six, totalling 14 points from this sequence that leads up to the Spurs game.

Any less than that will leave every Chelsea fan sweating on the run in.

So 14 points from the Swansea match and the next six?  What do you think?