Maurizio Sarri has obvious problems to address after Chelsea’s thumping defeat at AFC Bournemouth, but he doesn’t have long to solve them as his side welcome Huddersfield Town to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Despite the arrival of hitman Gonzalo Higuain and the introduction of Emerson in to the first team, The Blues fell to their heaviest defeat since 1996 in what was an embarrassing evening at Dean Court.
The next English Premier League challenge to take place in South West London will prove to be just as arduous, as Yorkshire come battling with rock-bottom Huddersfield Town.
Previous results against Yorkshire sides have been rather positive. There have, however, been a few surprises over the last few seasons.
Ahead of the pivotal league clash, we have taken a look at the previous five fixtures between the county and the blue of London.
27 January 2019: Chelsea 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday (Emirates FA Cup)
Chelsea’s most recent battle with the county came against Sky Bet Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in this season’s Emirates FA Cup. After their triumphant victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup, it was all about maintaining the momentum and that’s exactly what they did.
Even though Sarri made several changes to the team that beat Spurs on penalties, that didn’t change the shift in performance as The Blues came out 3-0 winners.
A brace from Willian and a goal from youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi ensured their progression in to the fifth round.
9 May 2018: Chelsea 1-1 Huddersfield Town (English Premier League)
This was the game that all but ended Chelsea’s hopes of qualifying for the following season’s UEFA Champions League, as Antonio Conte’s side played out a 1-1 draw with The Terriers.
On the other end of the spectrum, Huddersfield Town guaranteed English Premier League survival in what was a momentous day for West Yorkshire at The Bridge.
Huddersfield Town took the lead through Laurent Depoitre, but they didn’t keep it for long as Marcos Alonso’s equaliser ensured the shares were spoiled.
16 February 2018: Chelsea 4-0 Hull City (Emirates FA Cup)
On their way to their Emirates FA Cup triumph, Chelsea had to get past Hull City and they did that in style.
The Sky Bet Championship outfit were blown away by The Blues’ creative prowess, as they thumped the travelling side 4-0.
Conte laid out a strong side which bamboozled The Tigers. Two goals from Willian, with the third and fourth added by Pedro and Olivier Giroud helped The Pensioners progress into the quarter-final.
22 January 2017: Chelsea 2-0 Hull City (English Premier League)
Conte’s team were in full flow and recently recorded a new English Premier League record for the number of games unbeaten.
It was arguably this game, that everybody realised Chelsea’s title credentials as the likes of Arsenal and Spurs were closing in.
The now departed Diego Costa gave Chelsea the lead in the first half, before Gary Cahill wrapped up the three points on their way to the English Premier League title.
24 January 2015: Chelsea 2-4 Bradford City (Emirates FA Cup)
In Jose Mourinho’s second season in his last spell at The Bridge, his team looked worthy of winning everything that came against them. However, Bradford City brought that to a surprising end in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
It looked to be business as usual in the first half when Cahill and Ramires gave Mourinho’s men a two-goal cushion.
However, Bradford City came out with a vengeance and they scored four in the second-half courtesy of Jon Stead, Filipe Morais and Andy Halliday, before Mark Yeates capped off a memorable day as he added an astounding fourth.
Chelsea didn’t progress in the Emirates FA Cup, they did however make amends as the became English Premier League Champions in the same season.
By Darion Westwood