Liverpool Draw May Become the Turning Point for Chelsea at the End of the Season

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIMay 1, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28:  Frank Lampard of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on April 28, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Chelsea have responded well since their 2-2 draw with Liverpool two weeks ago.

With the Luis Suarez bite, the late goal and the dropped points, Chelsea players could have hung their heads and let even more points slip, thus resulting in the draw derailing their season.

This side has played 63 games so far this season, and a game like that, with all it's twist and turns, could have deflated the squad.

Things have gone quite the opposite way. 

What the draw has done is given a team running on fumes the energy to make a big push to end their season positively.

The Blues had seven games, with the possibility of an eighth, remaining after that result, all of them tough, important encounters. 

What we've seen so far has served as evidence that the side has been galvanized after that draw.

Since that result they've gotten two important victories and look well-placed to pick up 100 percent of the points available in each of their remaining games.

Wins over Basel and Swansea have put the club in a good position with a Europa League final on the line and a heated battle for fourth place.

True, the London side were favorites against Basel, and they were facing a Swansea side already on vacation, but one can make arguments as to the difficulties each team posed.

Basel made it to the semifinal for a reason, knocking off teams like Zenit St. Petersburg and Tottenham en route to their matchup with Chelsea.

Swansea have proved their Premier League credentials in the last two seasons and were certainly capable of troubling Chelsea even though they were away from home.

Chelsea had to fight hard to gain the win over the Swiss side, and they got their reward with a late winner through David Luiz.

That win showed a mental fortitude in a squad that is surely fighting fatigue of all sorts at this point in the campaign.

Swansea weren't blown away in their encounter either, but Chelsea did enough to secure a solid three points.

Those two results have given Chelsea a foot into the Europa League final and put the Blues in prime position to solidify a top-four spot.

The toughest guaranteed games remaining are away at Manchester United and home visits from Tottenham and Everton.

Aston Villa may also provide some trouble depending on their position in the league at the time.

All these games are winnable but tough. United may still be reveling in their title victory, while the Blues will be confident of beating two sides they have already beaten before.

Even among all that, Chelsea are likely to enter a Europa league final where they will be favorites to win.

Overall, the Liverpool draw can be looked at as a turning point should they finish strongly in the league and win silverware.

Chelsea have the ability, and now that little extra push necessary, to make the end of their season a great one.


*Unless otherwise stated all statistics courtesy of ESPN FC