Chelsea keep top four hopes alive with crucial win over Liverpool

07 May, 2018, 01:05 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Gary Cahill

Antonio Conte's side are clinging to the remote possibility of a top-four finish, having belatedly found some form of sorts, with four wins in a row in all competitions. Despite losing 4-2, the Reds were able to reach the Champions League final after 11 years, a remarkable achievement considering it is Jurgen Klopp's second full season at Merseyside.

Mo Salah has fired Liverpool's bid at home and overseas with a stunning 43 goal debut season at Anfield and will return to Stamford Bridge for the first time as the recently crowned double player-of-the-season.

A win against Huddersfield on Wednesday can get Chelsea level on points with Liverpool, but their inferior goal difference means they would nearly certainly need a favour from Brighton to get in ahead of the Merseyside club.

Coming into Sunday's pivotal Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge - a match they needed to win to narrow the gap on the top four - only Arsenal had taken fewer points than Chelsea from matches against the "Big Six" this season.

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And, speaking after the Liverpool win, Chelsea forward Eden Hazard gushed over his team-mate and claimed he was a joy to play alongside. Joel Matip, Emre Can and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are out with long-term injuries while Joe Gomez could be back after an ankle injury. Victories over Newcastle and Leicester in their final two matches (both at Wembley) will guarantee them Champions League football next season. To win the Champions League you must be more lucky.

The Brazilian centre-back has endured a hard season due to inconsistent form and injuries and Giroud recognises he has had a turbulent time.

Rudiger's fine display is something that fans have come accustomed to this season, but Tiemoue Bakayoko put in his first good performance of 2018.

A draw won't be good enough for Antonio Conte's side as they have a far worse goal difference compared to Liverpool and Spurs so we should see the hosts going for it this afternoon. We must be ready to get three points because it won't be easy.

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