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Nottingham Forest all but safe as Chelsea comeback spoils survival celebrations

May 11th, 2024

Security guards had mobilised in front of the City Ground stands in anticipation of a pitch invasion to celebrate Premier League survival but when the final whistle came, Nottingham Forest fans stayed in their seats. They are almost there but still require one final game to secure their top-flight status. It made for a bizarre atmosphere at the end of a thrilling game.

It was party time earlier in the afternoon, when defeats for Burnley and Luton meant a point would ensure a 17th-place finish. Forest were on course for victory with 10 minutes remaining before Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Jackson turned the match on its head. Defeat turned the survival fiesta a little flat.

Players were clapped off as they went down the tunnel, they are almost safe but they still need to avoid the football miracle of a 12-goal swing that would see them overtaken by Luton next weekend. A point or narrow defeat at Burnley on Sunday will see them home.

For most of the afternoon, fans were singing about staying up and taunting the Premier League or Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville. They looked on course for mathematical survival when Willy Boly cancelled out Mykhailo Mudryk’s opener, and also when Callum Hudson-Odoi edged them in front. Nuno Espirito Santo suggested he was the only person who did not believe Forest were safe. He has seen too much in football to count his chickens, but only the biggest collapse in football history will see them relegated from this position.

“You never know in football. There’s one game left but hopefully we’re safe now and we can focus on Burnley next weekend,” said Hudson-Odoi. “Obviously we knew the results before but in our heads we are playing for ourselves. We tried to get a result for ourselves regardless. The boys fought but couldn’t get the result unfortunately.”

“When they try to keep us down, we show them who we are,” read a giant “tifo” at the Trent End before kick-off, with fans jeering the Premier League anthem.

Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis described this season as “stressful” earlier this week, which was something of an understatement given their four-point penalty for breaching profitability and sustainability rules. Refereeing decisions have done nothing to keep the blood pressure down either, and now there is just one match to go where anything but the totally extraordinary will do.

It has been quite the few days for Marinakis. After the glory of seeing his Olympiacos team reach a European final on Thursday, he sat in his owner’s seat at the City Ground already within touching distance of Premier League survival.

Marinakis in the standsMarinakis in the stands

Marinakis can now breathe a sigh of relief – Getty Images/Marc Atkins

Unfortunately for Forest, they were playing against a Chelsea team who are still playing for European qualification and since Boxing Day have picked up 35 points – only Manchester City, Arsenal and ­Liverpool have more.

“If we are honest we were punished in our first 10 games,” said Chelsea manager Pochettino. “Our performance was good but we were not clinical and we wasted big chances. All the data said we were in a false position. After we beat Tottenham, in the last 24 games we are in the top four or five.”

Pochettino also insisted he was planning on being at Chelsea next season despite saying before this match that he could consider his future.

“I had an honest conversation in the press conference. To clarify, if the owner is happy with my job we can continue,” he said. “I am always a coach who is thinking long term. All departments must be happy for us to be a good team to compete. I still have one more year in my contract and I am thinking to be here.”

Chelsea’s opener came when Mudryk only had to run on to Cole Palmer’s reverse through ball and side-foot past Matz Sels.

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Mudryk scored Chelsea’s opening goal – PA/Martin Rickett

Forest equalised shortly afterwards, taking advantage of woeful marking from a set-piece. Jackson was close to Boly when Morgan Gibbs-White prepared to take a free-kick, but stopped tracking him and allowed him to have a free run into the danger area, with his header flicking off Conor Gallagher and in off a post.

Boly’s was the 60th league goal they have conceded this season, which they had not done since 1991-92, when they finished 14th. Hudson-Odoi edged Forest in front when he collected Gibbs-White’s pass and cut inside before curling into the bottom corner. He provided the subplot to this game after leaving Chelsea for just £3 million earlier this season. “Chelsea reject, Chelsea reject,” was the ironic chant from the Forest fans.

But Chelsea turned the game on its head again with Sterling, on as a sub, curling into the far corner from the edge of the area. With the game in the balance, Reece James crossed for Jackson to head home. James was making his first appearance since December and Pochettino believes he can be fully fit for the Euros.

“He is an important player for us, it is important to see if he can be fit to have the chance to play at the Euros. I think he will be ready,” he said.


Chelsea comeback spoils Nottingham Forest’s survival celebrations: As it happened


08:06 PM BST

Michael Dawson on Sky

“You have got to remember when Mauricio first came to Chelsea, the amount of players and turnover they had there. I knew that they were always going to improve on what happened last season, it was a disastrous season but this season hasn’t been great until recent weeks.

“And Mauricio being asked that [about his future] is a real surprise for me because I thought he has the right person when they brought him in and I still think he’s the right person in charge now to continue to develop these young players but you need time.”


08:04 PM BST

Pochettino speaking with the BBC

“It was a difficult game, it’s always tough against a team who are doing a fantastic season. Today for them was a party because they started the game being sure they would be in the Premier League next year.

“We started controlling the game but conceded in a way we should never concede. The second half was tough but I think it’s an important victory for us. The most important thing is the three points but we didn’t really replicate the performance from previous games against Tottenham and West Ham.

“If you remember Sheffield United and Burnley, we have struggled against this type of team. I think today the players that came off the bench had a real impact.”


08:02 PM BST

Pochettino on his future

“I had an honest conversation in the press conference. To clarify, if the owner is happy with my job we can continue.

“I am always a coach who is thinking long term. All departments must be happy for us to be a good team to compete. I still have one more year in my contract and I am thinking to be here.”


07:57 PM BST

Three points for Chelsea


07:55 PM BST

Mauricio Pochettino talking to Sky

“The best thing is the way that we always believe until the end, football is about fighting. I am pleased because the players from the bench made a big impact so I am happy with our recovery. It was important for the team to finish the season strong, with the hope to start next season really well.

“If we are honest we were punished in our first 10 games. Our performance was good but we were not clinical and we wasted big chances. All the data said we were in a false position. After we beat Tottenham, in the last 24 games we are in the top four or five.

“I want to be positive, that is important. The players believe in the way that we work. We have struggled in these type of games but this young team need to realise how we need to compete.”


07:53 PM BST

Callum Hudson-Odoi talking to Premier League Productions

“Obviously we knew the results before but in our heads we are playing for ourselves. We tried to get a result for ourselves regardless. The boys fought but couldn’t get the result unfortunately.

“We worked hard, got in the lead and thought we were in a good position. It was unfortunate. It was one of those games. Credit to the boys. They worked hard and it was unfortunate.

“It was a nice feeling playing against the boys I know and catch up with them. It was nice to get a goal against my former team.

“You never know in football. There’s one game left but hopefully we’re safe now and we can focus on Burnley next weekend.”


07:52 PM BST

Reece James speaking to Sky

“It’s been a long wait for me so I’m happy to come back into the team.

“We learn every day, we’re still young but we are improving and we’re coming strong at the end of the season. Cole Palmer is one of the best in the world, I think personally. At City he didn’t play as much as he would like but he has come here and taken the chance with both hands.

“Slowly but surely we are finding our feet and reaching a level.”


07:50 PM BST

Michael Dawson on Sky

“It’s a special place, the City Ground, right on the Trent. I don’t want them to move. I was a young eight-year-old watching that team and fortunately I got to play for them for a long time. It’s iconic, it’s a great place to play and watch your football.

“Those fans are amazing and last year they kept them up. Unfortunately it’s not quite the scenes we saw last season when they beat Arsenal.”


07:39 PM BST

Three points for Chelsea

Chelsea are now level on points with Newcastle, who are sixth. Chelsea’s remaining fixtures are away at Brighton on Wednesday and at home against Bournemouth on the final day of the season.


07:36 PM BST

Assist on his return from injury for James


07:30 PM BST

Full time

Gibbs-White has one last opportunity on the volley but his effort goes wide. That is the last act and Chelsea have won 3-2. They move level on points with Newcastle in sixth. Forest are not mathematically safe but they are all-but-safe.


07:29 PM BST

90+6 mins: Nottingham Forest 2 Chelsea 3

Gibbs-White sends it in but Petrovic catches under pressure. Is that Forest’s last chance gone?


07:28 PM BST

90+6 mins: Nottingham Forest 2 Chelsea 3

Just over a minute of added time left and Forest have a corner…


07:24 PM BST

90+2 mins: Nottingham Forest 2 Chelsea 3

Chelsea nearly wrap it up as Gusto has an effort blocked. VAR checks for a possible foul from Dominguez but it is cleared.


07:22 PM BST

90 mins: Nottingham Forest 2 Chelsea 3

There will be seven added minutes at the end of this game.


07:19 PM BST

86 mins: Nottingham Forest 2 Chelsea 3

Double change for Forest:

ON Awoniyi, Dominguez

OFF Hudson-Odoi, Niakhate


07:13 PM BST

GOAL! Chelsea ahead through Jackson

What a crazy few minutes it has been. Mauricio Pochettino’s changes have made a big difference. This time James has so much space on the right and his cross to the far post finds Jackson, who heads into the back of the net.

Nicolas Jackson celebrates giving Chelsea the leadNicolas Jackson celebrates giving Chelsea the lead

Chelsea ahead after crazy few minutes – Mike Egerton/PA


07:11 PM BST

GOAL! Sterling levels

Chelsea are back in it. It is a similar goal to Hudson-Odoi’s. He cuts in from the left and curls into the far corner past Sels.

Raheem Sterling celebrates his goalRaheem Sterling celebrates his goal

Raheem Sterling (pictured) brings Chelsea level – Craig Brough/Reuters


07:10 PM BST

79 mins: Nottingham Forest 2 Chelsea 1

Chelsea change:

ON James

OFF Gallagher


07:09 PM BST

77 mins: Nottingham Forest 2 Chelsea 1

Niakhate is booked for time-wasting.


07:07 PM BST

GOAL! Hudson-Odoi gives Forest the lead

Forest are ahead and, if at first you do not succeed, try, try again. Hudson-Odoi is afforded too much space as he drives into the box. He cuts onto his right and curls into the far corner.

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Nottingham Forest ahead – Molly Darlington/Reuters


07:06 PM BST

74 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Palmer finds Nkunku in the centre of the box but his effort goes over the bar. Chelsea want a corner but a goal-kick is given.


07:04 PM BST

73 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Change for Chelsea:

ON Sterling

OFF Mudryk


07:04 PM BST

72 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

The frames of both goals are getting struck in this game. This time it is Hudson-Odoi, who has scored a few goals this season cutting in on his right and curling to the far corner. His effort clips the top of the bar.

Forest are now making a double change:

ON Elanga, Toffolo

OFF Yates, Montiel


07:01 PM BST

69 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Hudson-Odoi sets up Aina at the edge of the box and he tries to beat Petrovic at his near post, but the shot goes just wide.


07:00 PM BST

68 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Chelsea appeal for a handball against Murillo but those appeals are waved away. The VAR check does not take long and no penalty is awarded.


06:59 PM BST

67 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Palmer’s free-kick hits the wall and Forest clear.


06:58 PM BST

66 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Referee Tony Harrington adjudges that Danilo fouls Palmer right on the edge of the box. This is a very dangerous position for a free-kick for the visitors…


06:55 PM BST

63 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Palmer sends in a great ball from a free-kick on the right touchline and Thiago Silva’s header looks like it is going to nestle in the far corner, but it comes back off the post.

Thiago Silva's header hits the postThiago Silva's header hits the post

The post denies Chelsea the lead – Craig Brough/Reuters


06:51 PM BST

59 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Double change for Chelsea:

ON Gusto, Nkunku

OFF Badiashile, Madueke


06:50 PM BST

57 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

How have Forest not scored? First Gibbs-White hits the post from a yard out and then Wood somehow volleys over the top from a couple of yards out.

Nottingham Forest's Morgan Gibbs-White hits the postNottingham Forest's Morgan Gibbs-White hits the post

Forest come so close to taking the lead – Molly Darlington/Reuters


06:46 PM BST

54 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Chelsea this time are the ones who nearly score. Caicedo’s dinked ball over the top finds Palmer, but his first-time volley misses the target.

Cole Palmer shoots towards goalCole Palmer shoots towards goal

Cole Palmer (right) misses good chance to restore Chelsea’s lead – Mike Egerton/PA


06:45 PM BST

52 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Forest nearly take the lead. Yates’ shot from outside the box beats Petrovic but it hits the outside of the post.


06:41 PM BST

49 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Aina causes some panic in the Chelsea box with a throw-in followed by a cross but Chelsea manage to clear. But Forest now have a free-kick which they will send into the penalty area.

The delivery goes in but Thiago Silva heads away after Forest won the first header. The ball comes out to Aina, whose shot from range is always rising and goes over the bar.


06:38 PM BST

47 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Chelsea drive forward and have numbers on Forest. Mudryk’s pass is not the greatest to Madueke and his shot is blocked and the chance is gone.


06:37 PM BST

Second half

We are back under way at the City Ground.


06:32 PM BST

Current standings

As it stands Nottingham Forest will be staying up with this point. Even if they were to lose they are all-but-safe as their goal difference is far superior to Luton’s.


06:27 PM BST

Palmer’s strong debut season at Chelsea


06:21 PM BST

Half-time

Tony Harrington blows his whistle and that is it for the first half. We are all square at the break at the City Ground.


06:19 PM BST

45+3 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Madueke goes down clutching his face and in the end Forest kick it out. It looked like he made a meal out of him and, no surprise, he is back up on his feet pretty quickly.


06:17 PM BST

45+1 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Hudson-Odoi’s effort is blocked by Thiago Silva and loops up into the air. It falls to Wood, whose first-time effort is not particularly strong and it is straight at Petrovic.


06:15 PM BST

45 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

There will be five added minutes at the end of this first half.


06:13 PM BST

42 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Eventually the corner is sent in to the near post by Palmer. It then loops into the air and Sels catches to eliminate the danger.


06:09 PM BST

38 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Danilo is penalised for a foul on Gallagher and Chelsea will have a free-kick in a good position not far outside the Forest box.

Gallagher sends it in but Forest clear. But Chelsea now have a corner after Badiashile’s shot from distance is deflected over the bar. Before the corner is taken Yates is receiving some treatment on a knock to his leg.


06:06 PM BST

35 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

The free-kick causes some issues for Chelsea but they do eventually manage to clear.


06:05 PM BST

34 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Palmer finds Jackson with a clinical pass, who is then one-on-one with Sels. But his effort is straight at the Forest goalkeeper. He should have done better there.

From the corner Forest clear and break. Hudson-Odoi charges down the field and Gallagher hauls him down. The Forest players want a red but referee Tony Harrington gives a yellow.


06:02 PM BST

31 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

A well-timed sliding challenge from Aina on Madueke near the byline earns Chelsea a corner. Palmer sends in an inswinger to the near post but Forest clear.

It really is remarkable how much influence Cole Palmer has on this Chelsea team. With 21 goals and ten assists this season, he has had the most goal involvements of any player alongside Ollie Watkins.

Take him out of this team and the effect would be immense. Once Tottenham were branded the Harry Kane team. Chelsea cannot be far off the Palmer team.


05:54 PM BST

23 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Yates shoots from range and it goes over the bar, but it did take a deflection so Forest will have a corner.

Petrovic tries to punch the ball away but does not get much on it. It comes to Wood at the far post but he cannot keep his header on target.


05:50 PM BST

19 mins: Nottingham Forest 1 Chelsea 1

Wood’s header is blocked as it was heading towards the goal but it would not have counted anyway as he was offside.


05:47 PM BST

Goal stands

VAR takes a long look and eventually awards the goal. He was just onside, just.


05:47 PM BST

GOAL! Boly equalises

Forest are level. The free-kick is sent to the far post by Gibbs-White and Boly has a free header. He beats Petrovic at the near post but VAR is going to have a look to see if Boly was onside…

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Willy Boly brings Forest level – Molly Darlington/Reuters


05:45 PM BST

14 mins: Nottingham Forest 0 Chelsea 1

Chelsea have a corner on the right which Palmer swings in but Forest clear and break. Murillo charges down the field, into the Chelsea half and then he is hauled down by Badiashile, who is rightly booked.


05:42 PM BST

12 mins: Nottingham Forest 0 Chelsea 1

Jackson nearly finds Madueke in the six-yard box but it is just behind him and Boly can clear.


05:41 PM BST

10 mins: Nottingham Forest 0 Chelsea 1

Chelsea give the ball away deep in their own half and cannot properly clear Wood’s cross. It comes to Yates near the edge of the box, but his effort goes sailing over the bar.


05:39 PM BST

GOAL! Chelsea take the lead

The visitors are ahead with their first real opportunity. Palmer finds Mudryk with an out-to-in run into the box. He takes on touch and then curls it past Sels into the far corner. The pin-point pass from Palmer was fantastic, eye-of-the-needle stuff.

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Mykhailo Mudryk (centre) gives Chelsea the lead – Molly Darlington/Reuters


05:37 PM BST

6 mins: Nottingham Forest 0 Chelsea 0

Aina’s long-throw finds Yates in the Chelsea box but his header goes wide.


05:35 PM BST

5 mins: Nottingham Forest 0 Chelsea 0

Montiel sends in a dangerous cross from the right and it nearly finds Wood in the centre of the box but Thiago Silva wins the header. It goes behind for the first corner of the game, which Danilo sends in. Chelsea eventually manage to clear the danger.


05:34 PM BST

4 mins: Nottingham Forest 0 Chelsea 0

What a week this has been for Evangelos Marinakis. On Thursday night he watched his Olympiacos team reach their first ever European final with victory over Aston Villa in the Conference League semi-final.

Now his other club, Nottingham Forest, are on the brink of securing Premier League survival. It’s been a rollercoaster season, with a points deduction and huge frustration over VAR and refereeing decisions.

Yet Forest are almost certain to secure a third season in the Premier League, though, after Luton and Burnley both lost. Marinakis is here, by the way.

Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis sitting in the standsNottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis sitting in the stands

Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis (right) was celebrating Olympiacos’ victory the other night and Forest look like they are staying up – Molly Darlington/Reuters


05:32 PM BST

2 mins: Nottingham Forest 0 Chelsea 0

It is a party-like atmosphere inside the City Ground with Forest’s survival almost certain and Wood nearly gives the home side even more to cheer about. He is played in behind the Chelsea defence and he tries to lift it over Petrovic but the Chelsea goalkeeper does well to make the save.


05:30 PM BST

Kick-off

Mull of Kintyre rings around the City Ground just before kick-off. If you did not know, Wings’ hit was the best-selling single of the 1970’s.

We are under way.


05:26 PM BST

Kick-off fast approaching

Both sides have emerged from the tunnel and we are just moments away from kick-off at the City Ground.


05:22 PM BST

Reminder of the team news

Nottingham Forest: Sels, Montiel, Boly, Murillo, Niakhate, Aina, Gibbs-White, Yates, Danilo, Hudson-Odoi, Wood.

Substitutes: Turner, Sangare, Kouyate, Awoniyi, Toffolo, Domínguez, Elanga, Origi, Omobamidele.

Chelsea: Petrovic; Chalobah, Silva, Badiashile, Cucurella; Caicedo, Gallagher, Palmer; Madueke, Jackson, Mudryk.

Substitutes: Bettinelli, Disasi, Sterling, Ugochukwu, Nkunku, James, Colwill, Gusto, Casadei.


05:19 PM BST

Mauricio Pochettino speaking to Sky

“Always it’s important for a club like Chelsea to achieve Europe. The reality months ago felt we could not achieve that, but the way we’ve been playing in the last few months allows us to have hope.

“Important game today, we are facing a team trying to save in the Premier League. We have to match Forest in this way.

“The important thing is that Reece James can perform. He’s not ready to start the game, but it’s good to have experienced players on the bench.”


05:14 PM BST

Michael Dawson on Sky

“The result today for Luton makes this game one where Forest can relax. Had Luton would have won at West Ham, this would have put the pressure on.

“Nuno Espirito Santo went with a back three for Manchester City, but after those results, he probably would have preferred to go with a back four.”


05:06 PM BST

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05:00 PM BST

Luton all-but-down

They took the lead early on but Luton have lost 3-1 at West Ham, which means they are nearly relegated. They are three points behind Forest and their goal difference is 13 worse than Forest so Luton are virtually down. Forest can confirm Luton’s relegation mathematically with a point tonight.


04:58 PM BST

Burnley down

At the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tottenham have won 2-1 which means that Burnley are relegated. They will join Sheffield United back down in the Championship. You can follow all the reaction live here.


04:56 PM BST

Visitors arriving


04:53 PM BST

Full team news

Nottingham Forest make one change from the side that started their 3-1 win at Sheffield United last weekend. Moussa Niakhate replaces Anthony Elanga in the starting XI. Taiwo Awoniyi, who has not started since February because of a groin injury, is on the bench.

Nottingham Forest: Sels, Montiel, Boly, Murillo, Niakhate, Aina, Gibbs-White, Yates, Danilo, Hudson-Odoi, Wood.

Substitutes: Turner, Sangare, Kouyate, Awoniyi, Toffolo, Domínguez, Elanga, Origi, Omobamidele.

Chelsea stick with the same XI that beat West Ham 5-0 last weekend. Captain Reece James, who has not played since 10 December, is back on the bench along with Lesley Ugochukwu, who has also been injured and not played since 24 December.

Chelsea: Petrovic; Chalobah, Silva, Badiashile, Cucurella; Caicedo, Gallagher, Palmer; Madueke, Jackson, Mudryk.

Substitutes: Bettinelli, Disasi, Sterling, Ugochukwu, Nkunku, James, Colwill, Gusto, Casadei.


04:46 PM BST

Reece James back on the bench for Chelsea


04:44 PM BST

Latest PL scores

Here are the current scores from around the grounds in the Premier League in the closing stages of the 3pm kick-offs:

Bournemouth 0-0 Brentford

Everton 1-0 Sheffield United

Newcastle 1-1 Brighton

Tottenham 2-1 Burnley

West Ham 3-1 Luton

Wolves 1-3 Crystal Palace

As it stands, Burnley will be relegated and Luton will be all-but-down. You can follow the final moments of those games live here.


04:38 PM BST

Home side in the house


04:35 PM BST

Chelsea team news


04:34 PM BST

Forest team news


04:33 PM BST

Can Forest do the double?

The first time these two teams played this season, way back in September, Forest claimed a precious 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge courtsey of an Anthony Elanga goal.


04:27 PM BST

Picture perfect

It’s a beautiful-looking day in Nottingham for today’s match. It’ll be 22 degrees when the match starts, perfect football weather.

The sun beats down on the City GroundThe sun beats down on the City Ground

The sun beats down on the City Ground – Getty Images/Michael Regan


03:42 PM BST

Match preview

Will Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino still be at the club next season? He has been under intense scrutiny all season and he has admitted that it would not be the end of the world if he were to leave at the end of the season.

“If we are happy, perfect. But it’s not only if the owner is happy, or the sporting directors are happy. If we are happy, we need to ask also, because maybe we say we are not happy. If we assess the situation and we are not happy, then we need to split. But it’s not going to be the first time that a coaching staff decides at the end of a season not to keep going. But at this stage, it goes in the opposite way.

“They can say tomorrow: ‘Stay here’. Or maybe tomorrow I can say: ‘Look, I want to leave’. It’s two parties that can make a decision.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino speaking in his press conferenceChelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino speaking in his press conference

Will Mauricio Pochettino (pictured) still be at Chelsea next season? – Darren Walsh/Getty Images

“If Chelsea are not happy or the sporting directors are not happy, maybe we are not happy, because we arrive here with a job to do but then, it’s not happened how we expected. So maybe we are not happy. I’m not saying that I am not happy. But always it’s from one side, but okay, maybe there’s another side. Maybe if we leave here, it’s not a problem, it’s not going to be the end of the world.”

Back in early September in the reverse fixture Nottingham Forest won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge thanks to Anthony Elanga’s second-half goal. If Nottingham Forest win this evening, they will complete their first league double over Chelsea since the 1978-79 season. Nottingham Forest, who are just above the relegation zone, won 3-1 at Sheffield United last weekend and they are looking to win consecutive league games for only the third time since being promoted. Earlier this week Nottingham Forest had their appeal against a four-point deduction rejected.

Chelsea, who thrashed West Ham 5-0 at home last weekend, have won just two of their last 10 league visits to the City Ground. Chelsea are without a victory in their last five away games and begin the day in seventh place.

Ben Chilwell, Romeo Lavia, Wesley Fofana and Enzo Fernandez remain sidelined for Chelsea but they could welcome back Reece James. Nottingham Forest could be without Neco Williams, who missed the win last weekend against Sheffield United.

Team news to follow shortly.

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