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Alonso: Have faith until the end

With Chelsea still in the hunt for a place in next season's Champions League, Marcos Alonso says the players will keep believing as long as a chance remains.

Our 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, combined with Tottenham's loss to West Bromwich Albion by the same scoreline a day earlier, closed the gap to the top four as we enter the last week of the Premier League season.

We now go into our final two league games, at home against Huddersfield on Wednesday and away at Newcastle on Sunday, knowing we could secure a top-four finish if we win those games and Tottenham get less than four points from their remaining two matches, or Liverpool fail to beat Brighton on Sunday.

'We have to do our part and win both games and see what happens, but we have to have faith until the end and win our two games,' said Alonso. 'It's not on us. We have to do our part and win the two games we have left and wait for one of the other teams to lose one game and get there.'

Of course, it was the win over Liverpool which closed the gap so dramatically, and the Spaniard was delighted with our performance on Sunday.

'It was a very good win. The team was playing a very serious game, very compact, not allowing any spaces for them to run or to have time to think. We defended very well, leaving everything on the pitch.

'We kept them quiet, a clean sheet was very important. We played a great game and got a massive three points to keep the pressure on those teams above us.'

Our wing-back also had praise for Olivier Giroud's contribution since signing from Arsenal in January, with the Frenchman heading in the winning goal against the Reds.

'We know that he's doing great things since he arrived. He's giving everything on the pitch and we're very happy for him and I hope he keeps scoring goals.'

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