Chelsea haven’t lost three home games on the rebound since Arsenal beat them in 1993


Chelsea are keen to cement their third place finish by returning to winning ways on Wednesday night when they take on Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel’s side, fresh from their 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final, are now tasked with beating Mikel Arteta’s men.

Tuchel’s side lost two on the rebound at Stamford Bridge
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The Blues head to the clash in south-west London after losing two games in a row at Stamford Bridge.

Returning after the international break, they suffered a shock 4-1 defeat at home to Brentford, before losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Another defeat on Wednesday night would mark the first time in 29 years that they have lost three consecutive home games in all competitions.

Coincidentally, Arsenal were the opponents in November 1993 in Game 3, when Alan Smith and Ian Wright both scored, securing a 2-0 victory for the Gunners.

Smith scored past goalkeeper Dmitri Kharin in the 27th minute, before Wright fired home from the penalty spot just before half-time to inflict misery on Chelsea.

The hosts, however, are looking to register their first league double against Arsenal since the 2015/16 season.


Chelsea haven't lost three home games on the rebound since Arsenal beat them in 1993
Chelsea lost their third consecutive home game in 1993 against Arsenal
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Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates in August with Romelu Lukaku and Reece James on the scoresheet.

Arsenal, meanwhile, who are eight points behind their opponents, suffered a 1-0 defeat at Southampton at the weekend, which inflicted a third straight defeat alongside Mikel Arteta.

Chelsea boss Tuchel insists his side will do everything possible and focus entirely on trying to finish as high as possible.

“I’m a little afraid that I don’t share your opinion on what is safe and what isn’t! Of course we don’t become second, of course we don’t finish fourth – I’m not sure until the season is over,” the German told reporters.

Chelsea haven't lost three home games on the rebound since Arsenal beat them in 1993
Tuchel says Chelsea’s remaining fixtures are difficult and demanding
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“We are going to fight hard. We have four crucial games to come in another short time in around two weeks – Arsenal, West Ham, Man United, Everton.

“Two at home, two away. Crucial matches given the task where we want to be and what we want to achieve. I agree with you that it is a big challenge in terms of physical but also mental challenge to dive now into the next competition and into the main competition – the Premier League.

“Given the fact that it looks like things are pretty secure, but they can turn around so fast with the schedule. We want to replay a physical match tomorrow, want to demand the team again.

“I accept that it’s very demanding and difficult for everyone, but at the same time that’s what you sign up for when you sign up at Chelsea. We demand special things, we want to be a special group.

“We have to trust the players to win again and compete with teams that maybe have more days to prepare, fewer games in the legs and always it’s up to us to push the standards and the level.”

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