Conte accepts Chelsea's Champions League hopes are fading

10 May, 2018, 14:27 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Wednesday's 1-1 draw at home to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League means Chelsea are two points behind Liverpool with an inferior goal difference and only Sunday's final round of fixtures to play.

It's a simply remarkable achievement for Huddersfield who were almost everyone's pick to suffer an instant return down to the Championship following their surprise promotion to the Promised Land last season.

Chelsea may complain about time-wasting and gamesmanship from Huddersfield, but they had chances.

Huddersfield have held the champions from the past two seasons in the last four days to ensure they can not now finish in the Premier League's bottom three.

It also ensured that for only the third time in the Premier League era, the three promoted sides - in this case, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton - all survived.

The Frenchman will doubtless hope his goodbye goes as sweetly as Toure's for Manchester City as their 34-year-old favourite declared after non-stop cheers at the Etihad: "I think they recognise what I've done for the club. We stole a point but we needed it".

The draw against Chelsea has assured their top-flight status for another campaign and they can now seek to end their season on a high with a home victory over Arsenal, who have failed to win a single away league game in 2018.

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"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". There are many circumstances for this but we have to accept the final result.

The Swans missed their chance to move closer to safety on Tuesday night and their defeat at home to relegation rivals Southampton left they praying that Huddersfield lost both of their remaining games.

"I believe that with patience, desire and spirit you can compete with top quality and we've seen today we at least tried it".

Socceroos star Mooy's long pass sent Laurent Depoitre racing through on goal, the striker getting to the ball ahead of the sluggish Caballero and regaining his composure to slot into the open goal.

In addition to individuals underperforming, there is a sense that Conte's 3-4-3 system has been worked out by many opponents, and regardless of whether the Italian leaves this summer, Chelsea must remodel the attacking half of their team from the ground up on and off the pitch.

Conte declined to look beyond this season, with the trip to Newcastle followed by the May 19 FA Cup final with Manchester United.

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