Chelsea may be preparing for the finales of two important tournaments, the Champions League and the FA Cup, but don’t expect them to take today’s match against Newcastle lightly. You can watch Chelsea vs Newcastle online via Live Stream here or Gamecast it here at 2:45 EST.
According to ESPN, “[Chelsea Manager Roberto] Di Matteo is confident his squad will not hold back in tomorrow night’s crucial Barclays Premier League game against Newcastle, regardless of the match taking place less than three days before their Wembley meeting with Liverpool.”
While winning the FA Cup is a great accomplishment for any team, and winning the Champions League finale in just over two weeks is the greatest title any club team can earn, neither are guaranteed. Chelsea’s top priority is, and should be, winning today’s match against Newcastle.
Of Chelsea’s upcoming FA Cup final, Di Matteo told ESPN, “We’ve not talked about it at all.”
Newcastle, who are one point ahead of Chelsea in the Premier League table, will be fighting for three points that could push them from 5th place to 4th.
With three games left in their season, Newcastle could finish anywhere from 3rd to 6th. This means that the team could conceivably earn a place in next year’s Champions League, and force Chelsea to win May 19th Finale against Bayern Munich in order to guarantee their own place in the tournament.
Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew told ESPN that his team are preparing for the match as though their season depends on it. “That’s how we should approach it. Our players, perhaps you could argue, might have had one eye on it, I don’t know.”
Newcastle are coming off a 4-0 thrashing at 16th place Wigan, so they will need to pick up their level of play if they want to have any hope of moving out of the Europa League this year.
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