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Emerson explains Chelsea top four confidence

Emerson says he and the rest of the Chelsea squad are confident of reaching our aim of a top-four finish in the Premier League ahead of today’s match against Everton.

The Brazilian-born full-back has been in good form of late, starting our last two league fixtures after his impressive performance in the Carabao Cup final, and acknowledges how important it is for the team and the club to return to the Champions League next season.

With matters so tight around the top of the table, every point could be crucial as we enter the business end of the campaign, but he is confident we will get the reward he feels our performances have earned.

‘I am confident,’ Emerson said. ‘That’s what we’re aiming for, the top four. We have a good chance to make it, the other teams competing for the top four, they have to play each other, and we deserve it I think. We have a good chance. The season has not been fantastic, but I think we deserve to be in the top four and we have a good chance to be there.

‘It’s very important, not just for me, for everyone. The Champions League is the biggest club competition there is and we always talk in the dressing room about how important it is and that we need to play the Champions League at all costs. So we need to just get there.’

The next obstacle in our path is a trip to Goodison Park to face Everton, hoping to get back to winning ways after a slight set-back last weekend. We were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge in our last league fixture, although the Italian international feels the performance in that match still showed plenty of positives.

‘It’s another very difficult match, a very important match and it’s away from home. I think we need to continue being solid at the back, try not to concede and be more determined and create more in front of goal.

‘We didn’t play badly last Saturday, I thought we played quite well. We had 26 shots on goal, they only had two and they scored one. If anything, what was lacking was a bit in terms of attacking play, movement off the ball, and maybe a bit more determination near the goal, but other than that, we played quite well.’

Having recently completed his first year in England, after moving to west London from Roma at the end of January 2018, Emerson has also been looking back at his experiences of the Premier League so far.

‘The Premier League is a league like no other,’ said the 24-year-old. ‘It is so competitive, even when you play teams from the lower half of the table you struggle. Every game seems to be a cup final in the Premier League. This is what I’ve learned by being here.

‘In terms of my favourite moment, it was my debut, the first time I started a game, which was away from home at Burnley. That is something that is going to stay with me forever I think.

‘Now, I try to improve every day and I know that I need to improve every day because I want to stay here and keep playing for Chelsea in the Premier League.’

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