Not what you’d call, ideal preparation.
Middlesbrough’s team bus has been involved in a crash en route to Stamford Bridge for tonight’s must-win game against Chelsea.
The incident happened on Fulham Road as the Premier League strugglers made their way to the home of the champions elect.
It is not known if anyone was injured as a result of the collision, which is believed to have happened just before 7pm.
Middlesbrough have to avoid defeat if they are to swerve relegation to the Championship, and if nerves weren’t already on edge, they may have been after this pre-kick-off drama.
Chelsea, meanwhile, will take a huge step forward in their quest for the Premier League title with three points in front of their own fans at Stamford Bridge.