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Chelsea close-in on top-four after 1-0 win against Liverpool

08 May, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Carla Brady
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In beating Liverpool 1-0 at home today, the Blues upset the balance in the force of the top four race.

Antonio Conte had nearly written off Chelsea's Champions League qualification hopes a month ago, but now dares to dream of upsetting Liverpool or Tottenham and claiming a place in the Premier League top four.

Spurs will need to claim six points in their last two games to guarantee a place in the Champions League spot next season as they face Newcastle and Leicester City, while Liverpool has just one game left against Brighton.

A second season back in the top flight for all three would mean for just the third time in 25 years of the Premier League, none of the three sides that came up have gone straight back down.

Don't get me wrong, I totally understand how hard it must have been for the Reds players to get their mind-set right on Sunday, after the euphoria of reaching the Champions League final in midweek.

Huddersfield lost every one of their away matches against the big teams before last Sunday and are yet to score a goal; Chelsea's run of four consecutive league wins makes them heavy favourites.

Liverpool deserve to win the Champions League this year according to former Manchester United player Dion Dublin.




"We are winning and our opponents are dropping points", said Conte.

"It was a dive or he waited for the contact". Chelsea have to win their games as well. It was the same before against Roma, before the game they are very friendly and say, 'Hello Mo, how are you?' and hug here and there.

"Now we have played twice against former team-mates", he said. This would also help Liverpool's front three to get the required service which they fail to receive while playing against teams who sit deep in their own half. 3-0 win, enjoy the sun, then forget about Brighton and prepare for the final.

If nothing else, they are forcing Liverpool and Spurs to earn their place in next season's Champions League.

Arsenal's destruction of Burnley to see off Wenger in style saw them move level with champions City for the highest number of points won at home this season.

I don't think focus is an issue for the forwards, because they operate on instincts in that area of the pitch.

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