Chelsea are in Romania to face Steaua Bucharest. A win would give them a fantastic chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
While it might not be the most glamorous competition in the eyes of Chelsea supporters, who are used to high-profile Champions League ties, it arguably represents the club’s best chance of silverware this season.
Not only that, it is also important for the Blues to finally find some consistency this season – something which is desperately needed in the Premier League as the team fights for a top-four place.
The club have only managed to win three matches in a row once – at the beginning of February – in 2013 and that is something which badly needs to change.
On paper Steaua Bucharest are beatable – but judging by their surprise win over Ajax, albeit on penalties, and Chelsea’s form this season, it is far from a full gone conclusion.
This will be one of the biggest matches of the Romanian league leaders’ season and they will be highly motivated.
Meanwhile, motivation from Chelsea players has appeared a real issue in recent weeks – particularly in the last round against Sparta Prague.
It’s important to remember also that this is Chelsea’s 50th game of the season and the squad is far weaker than previous than in previous seasons.
Rafael Benitez may realise the Europa League could be his best chance of winning something at Chelsea but will still have an eye on Sunday’s FA Cup fixture against Manchester United.
Although Sunday’s match may be more appealing to manager and supporters alike, the team should not take this trip for granted.
Fernando Torres is the Blues’ only striking option, with Demba Ba cup-tied, while Ramires and Victor Moses are out of the squad.