Unlike Aston Villa that are currently sitting on the 11th spot on the league table with 52 points in 37 games, 4 points below 10th placed Leeds United, Chelsea need to beat Aston Villa at Villa Park to guarantee their place in the top four.
Thomas Tuchel and his boys might not be able to do that that if they don’t find a perfect plan to limit the efficiency of 25-year-old English left-winger, Grealish.
Jack Grealish has been so prolific this season that his form earned him a call-up into the national team of England. It didn’t end there, he might make coach Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the forthcoming European Championship which will commence in June and end in July this year.
Though he suffered a couple of injury woes this season, Jack Grealish has managed to score 6 league goals and provided 12 assists in 25 games. Based on this form, he has been a threat to any team he has faced this season.
The player has been sidelined for weeks and his return inspired his team to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Wednesday, May 19 which means Aston Villa still remains a team to beat.
Hence, coach Thomas can’t but note that the winger always makes Aston Villa a different team whenever the versatile player is on the pitch for the mid-table club.
“Look at the statistics! Aston Villa with and without him are different teams”, Thomas Tuchel said ahead of the Sunday league game.
“He is involved in almost every offensive situation. He is very good at decision-making.
“He has a lot of composure in assisting, finishing, and bringing people around him in top situations, dangerous situations to be able to score.
“He is a top player and [there is] a lot to take care of and be aware of to control him on Sunday. What he does in the future is in his hands.”
As it stands, if Thomas Tuchel and his boys can control the effectiveness of Jack Grealish in today’s league game against Aston Villa, Chelsea might end up winning the game.
If that happens, Chelsea would end the season maintaining the 3rd spot on the league table. On the other hand, if Chelsea fail to win and Aston Villa get the maximum three points, Chelsea might drop to the 5th spot if 4th placed Liverpool beat Crystal Palace and 5th placed Leicester City beat Tottenham Hotspur later today.