The weekend victory – only the third Chelsea win away to Villa of the Premiership era – combined with the result at Loftus Road has added to the growing cautious sense of optimism around Stamford Bridge.
The gap may be five points to both North London clubs, but Arsenal have to face City before Chelsea visit the Emirates on the 21st, and even if making fourth place is a step to far there are reasons to be positive.
For one, Torres is looking like he might be finding some form, not just with the neat finish in injury time on Saturday, nor the two goals against Leicester in the cup, but he has been playing with a confidence and belief under Di Matteo that was missing under his predecessor – although as fans of other clubs will still gleefully point out there’s away to go to start paying off the hefty price tag.
Furthermore, that confidence and belief Torres has begun to show has permeated the whole side since Di Matteo took over
Furthermore, that confidence and belief Torres has begun to show has permeated the whole side since Di Matteo took over and the resilience the side showed in coming back to win after surrendering a two goal lead on Saturday was serious lacking under the previous regime – be it the fault of the Villas-Boas or the players.
After a professional performance and a 1-0 win in Lisbon on Tuesday, Chelsea are also just 90 minutes from a place in our sixth Champions League Semi Final, and have already booked a place at Wembley in the same round of the FA Cup where Spurs await.
Whilst the season had looked a write off after the defeats to Napoli and West Brom, and whilst Chelsea may still end the season without a trophy and outside the Champions League places, things look to have turned a corner and the final few months of the season are going to be a lot more exciting the six or seven that preceded it and hopefully at the very least the momentum Di Matteo has brought to the side can be carried on into the new season.
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