Chelsea almost denied Champions League berth by promoted Huddersfield
The surprises keep coming in Premier League. Manchester City is Premier League winner, Manchester United firmly occupies the second place and Tottenham Hotspur runs their march towards the third place. It left Liverpool and Chelsea to fight for the last Champions League berth and it will all come down to the final show on last match day.
Chelsea almost denied Champions League berth by promoted Huddersfield to round off this midweek fixture. Blues still have a slight chance to occupy the fourth spot but it will be only possible when Liverpool loses against Brighton and Chelsea registers a victory over Newcastle on matchday 38.
It felt all possible for Chelsea to grab the fourth spot after 1-0 victory over Liverpool last week, but David Wagner’s Huddersfield side ruined their march towards Europe elites. The Terriers registered a 1-1 draw in Blues den saving themselves for another season in Premier League and dent Chelsea chances for Champions League qualification.
Now, it’s all in Liverpool’s hand to save the day with a victory over Brighton on Sunday. Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp has already said that as long as it’s in our hand, it’s fine. He said after losing 1-0 against Chelsea, “It’s my life, it’s our life, that we always make it a little bit more exciting. We had these situations a few times and it will be, for sure, exciting because Brighton is in a good moment, they played fantastic against (Manchester) United.”
“But it’s all ok, as long as we have it in our hands, life is good. We still have to take it then but we’ll try everything.”
Now, Klopp also needs to thank his friend David Wagner. Huddersfield boss said after drawing against Chelsea, “This is the least you can do as a friend to do him a favour”.
Well, Klopp hardly needed a favour knowing that they are in Champions League final. Uefa Champions League final victory in Kiev will automatically earn his side a berth in next season Champions League. And even if he finishes fifth he’ll do a favour to Premier League earning them five spots in next season’s Champions League.
But it’s all expectation. Klopp knows better, that the fourth-placed finish is a priority rather than relying on luck in Champions League final. Antonio Conte will get another year at Stamford Bridge without top-flight European football is a doubt, but Blues will have to live with it.