Forward thinking

Our next six matches see us face Tottenham, Everton, Leicester City, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Fortunately, though, we won’t be going to White Hart Lane this season. Our record over there hasn’t been that good in recent times, but Spurs’ new Wembley home can’t be considered a fortress for them as their record playing there is rather poor.

In fact, the memory of our incredible 4-2 FA Cup semi-final victory over them at said stadium should still be fresh in the mind.

Antonio Conte will be short on options for the middle due to Fabregas’ suspension. David Luiz could be moved into midfield to provide cover, and he’s quite capable. But then that would create a bit of an imbalance in the back-line as the Brazilian is so important as a sweeper and can play accurate long balls from deep.

Conte will have to come up with a solution to assuage this predicament, and David Luiz does look the most likely option.

Up front, Alvaro Morata really caught the eye as a highlight in a disappointing afternoon against Burnley.

The Spaniard’s impact was immediate. In his 30 minutes on the pitch, Morata showed all the qualities that prompted Conte to bring him to the Bridge this summer. His first touch was top class, as was his sharing of the ball with the rest of the team.

And the superb diving header he scored from Willian’s cross, as well as his flicked assist for David Luiz, underpinned just how good a performance it was. Morata’s display was certainly the biggest positive stemming from the loss, and we can expect him to be one of our best performers throughout the season.

It is still early days, but we can expect him to be a big performer throughout the season.

A few good results in our next few matches could steady us for the rest of the campaign.

By Kavan Flavius, Chelsea fan.