Chelsea risk to be left without the UCL

Chelsea risk to be left without the UCL

In the postponed match of the 35th round of the EPL, London Chelsea did not manage to take care of Huddersfield, having a draw with the league newbie, 1:1. Because of the draw, the Pensioners are risking to be left without the Champions League next season, as their fate will now be decided in the match between Liverpool and Brighton.

Chelsea hosted Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge and in case of a victory would have continued the race with Liverpool and Tottenham for the third and fourth positions in the EPL. The London club destroyed the opponent in the first half not letting the guests make a single shot on Willy Caballero’s goal. Whereas the hosts possessed the ball for 77% of the time and six times tried to open the score.

In the second half of the match the London club kept pressing, but missed a vertical pass on Depoitre. The forward clung to the ball taking advantage of the central defenders and goalkeeper’s sluggishness and after that he kicked the ball to an empty net. Antonio Conte acknowledged the mistake by letting Pedro out from the first minutes and nine minutes later after the goal he substituted the Spaniard for Hazard. It didn’t take long to see the changes and a defender, who kicked out the ball from the penalty box right on Marcos Alonso’s head, who ricocheted it into Lossl’s goal.

The Londoners did not achieve anything more having concluded the game with Huddersfield in a draw, which was like a defeat for them. After the encounter, Chelsea fans judged Conte’s decision to defeat the EPL novice with small blood, preserving Hazard and Giroud’s conditions, who became the authors of the victory over Liverpool last weekend.

Chelsea’s head of the managerial staff said to journalists at  the press conference:

“It is hard to explain this draw. We possessed the ball for 82% of the time, created a massive amount of moments, allowed to conduct only one counter-attack on our goal, but still we were forced to satisfy with only a draw.

We had chances, but we did not use them. Unfortunately, we have to accept the result and the fifth place in the tournament table.

We should be realists. By the end of the season, everyone end up on a place it deserves. During the course of the season, Chelsea lost many points and are ending the championship, where they deserve.”

Chelsea have 70 points in the asset, while Liverpool have 72 before the last round of the EPL. Tottenham have secured themselves a ticket to the Champions League group stage defeating Newcastle and getting 74 points during the course of the season. Thanks to a draw with Manchester City and Chelsea in the last two rounds, Huddersfield have secured themselves a place in the English football elite for the next season and are peacefully preparing for the match with Arsenal. Only Jurgen Klopp‘s team can save the Blues and secure themselves a ticket to the Champions League, if the will not defeat Brighton at Anfield on Sunday, but bookmakers don’t believe in such an outcome. The odds on the Reds’ triumph are 1.15, while once can bet on the Seagulls’ triumph with the odds of 18.00.