Chelsea remain in control of their Champions League destiny, despite defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday night.
The Blues are on course for a top four finish, but suffered a bump in the road by losing to their London rivals at Stamford Bridge.
A glaring error from Jorginho, when passing back to Kepa Arrizabalaga left Emil Smith Rowe with the simple task of firing in a Pierre-Emerick Aubmayeng cut back to score the only goal of the game in west London.
The match was dominated by Chelsea, but they could not find a route past a stubborn Arsenal defence and it has left them with work to do to reach next season’s Champions League now.
With Manchester City crowned as champions and Fulham’s relegation back to the Championship confirmed, all that is left to be decided in the top-flight of English football is European qualification.
Chelsea have 64 points after 36 games, but they are looking over their shoulder at West Ham and Liverpool, who have games in hand on them.
Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel has refused to get carried away, but with a maximum of two games left of the campaign for some, it is becoming clearer as to which four teams will qualify for the Champions League next season.
Although, anything can happen in the Premier League and there’s still work for the Blues to do in order to ensure they are at European football’s top table in 2021/22.
Following Leicester City’s 2-1 win over Manchester United coupled with results going in Chelsea’s favour last weekend, it is looking like one from three for the final Champions League spot. behind City, United and the Foxes.
So what does this all mean for Chelsea, Tuchel, and the top-four battle?
Well, the Blues have two games left in their season, which means they can achieve a maximum of 70 points by the end of the campaign if they beat Leicester City, and Aston Villa.
One more win would be enough to fend off the Hammers, who can only get a maximum of 67 points, but there’s the small matter of Liverpool, who have two games in hand on the Blues.
The Reds can reach 69 points from their final four games, meaning Chelsea would have to win both of their remaining games if Jurgen Klopp’s side were to do similarly in their final four.
Liverpool travel to Old Trafford to take on fierce rivals Manchester United on Thursday night and if they do not win there, Thomas Tuchel will know his side can win just one of their two remaining games to take fourth spot.
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That being said, Chelsea have a Champions League final with Manchester City to come at the end of the season and could qualify for next year’s tournament by winning the title this time around.
Chelsea’s remaining Premier League fixtures
19/05 – Leicester City (h)
23/05 – Aston Villa (a)