October for Chelsea: Six Champions League points and closing the gap on Arsenal

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October is a huge month for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea capped off with two difficult matches against the club’s main rivals.

Say what you like about Chelsea’s squad depth and Mourinho’s style of play, the Blues remain a threat on all fronts, determined to recover in the Champions League and only four points away from Arsenal in the Champions League.

Chelsea have a great chance to get their first Champions League points of the group campaign on the board this evening when they take on Steaua Bucharest.

Chelsea will face an arguably more difficult match against FC Schalke later this month, a German side with plenty of recent experience when it comes to the Champions League.

Chelsea need points on the board, it doesn’t matter if they play flamboyantly, it’s the wins that matter.

Their next two Premier League fixtures have been quite kind to the West London team with a trip to Norwich this weekend followed by a home match against Cardiff City.

You’d back the Blues to win both of those games which will keep the pressure on top of Arsenal, potentially helping Chelsea to close the gap.

The biggest test comes in the final league game of the month at home against Manchester City, which will be one of the clearest signs yet of where Chelsea are in relation to one of their title rivals.

The blues luckily have home advantage for that game and Mourinho should have more of an idea over what his best side is.

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Fernando Torres will be sweating over the FA’s decision whether to suspend him for scraping a thumb down the face of Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen last weekend.

A four match ban could be dished out to the Spaniard, which would rule him out of all of the Premier League games this month, just as he’s starting to resemble something like his old self. A decision is due this afternoon.

There’s nothing new on the injury front with Marco van Ginkel the only long term absentee after picking up that knee injury in the League Cup win at Swindon last month.

In terms of the individuals at Chelsea, Mourinho is under the most pressure this month as he continues to be questioned relentlessly from all angles over the same issues and matters.

Thoughts on players, tactics, his best side and decisions from the summer are all still put to the Chelsea boss on a consistent basis and the best way he can prevent that repetition is for his side to start playing efficient, results based football.

Mourinho stormed out of the pre-match press conference ahead of the Steaua Bucharest clash and if Chelsea are close to perfect this month, we may see more of a smile appearing when he speaks to the press over the course of the next four weeks.

How do you think Chelsea will get on this month?

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