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English Premier League: With top four at stake

07 May, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • GETTYGary Cahill has not been a first team regular under Antonio Conte at Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte reacts during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea at Liberty Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Chelsea beat Liverpool 1-0 at Stamford Bridge after Giroud struck to breath new life into the Blues' top four hopes.

So when on Sunday Chelsea took a first-half lead, somewhat against the run of play, versus Liverpool in a must-win contest, their fans will have been forgiven for fearing the worst.

Liverpool pressed but Chelsea held on to move within three points of the visitors who are third.

"Now we have to recover well and play an important game on Wednesday against Huddersfield". If they defeat Brighton at Anfield next Sunday then they will be assured of a top four place, regardless of what happens in Chelsea and Tottenham's games.

Antonio Conte has taunted Liverpool by insisting: Lucky teams can win the Champions League but only the best lift the title. In contrast, Chelsea's winning the league in 206/17 was more to do with perseverance as you can not manage to slack in a 38 game season. "Usually when you have to play a must-win game, it is not easy".




If the trio all win their remaining games, Chelsea would miss out on the Champions League next season but any slip up could see them sneak in at the last. I have never spoken about Salah because I think the situation was very clear. I was not sure. "We play our last game at home and Chelsea have to go to Newcastle - that's not a holiday trip, it doesn't sound like a holiday trip to me".

"We want something big at the season, so when you win games like this it's good for the whole team".

Klopp also condemned Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah for a dive that earned him a booking. Liverpool did plenty of pressing but could not find an equalizer.

They were 12 points ahead of Chelsea and seemingly out of sight.

Chelsea's 23 interceptions on Sunday were the most they have made in the current Premier League campaign and only twice have they made more clearances in a top-flight contest this term.

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