By Tim Harrison
The fact that the Blues couldn't beat injury-hit, lacklustre West Ham in a largely tedious 1-1 draw really sums up the way this season is petering out.
This weekend Chelsea travel down to Southampton for a dress rehearsal of the Wembley FA Cup semi-final; yet the team seem incapable of generating any real passion.
Last Sunday’s London derby only burst into life in the final 10 minutes… but until then was as grey as the weather, not helped by the numbness around the Bridge at the loss of legend Ray Wilkins.
Eden Hazard, only lively in short spells, gave a further indication he will not be at the Bridge after May by gesturing to fans in the lower West Stand when they collectively groaned as he was tackled and lost the ball.
Now 10 points behind fourth-placed Spurs, Chelsea only have the FA Cup to tilt at.
"I hope, for the Chelsea fans and ourselves, that we can achieve something," Hazard said afterwards in an effort to mend fences, helpfully pointing out that the Blues won the title when they last failed to qualify for the Champions League.
The problem is, Europa League football takes up just as much time as the continent’s premier international tournament, so any thoughts that whoever is managing the Blues in 2018/19 will have a free ride towards league glory are surely misplaced.
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