Sunday’s results mean the Blues will finish in the Premier League’s top four…
A combination of the Blues’ big home victory over Watford on Sunday afternoon and the failure of both Manchester United and Arsenal to win their Sunday fixtures means Maurizio Sarri’s men are guaranteed to finish in the top four of the Premier League and therefore play in the Champions League next season.
While we were beating the Hornets at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuain, Manchester United were drawing 1-1 at already relegated Huddersfield Town to rule themselves out of a place in the first four places. Instead the Red Devils will have to settle for Europa League football in 2019/20.
In Sunday afternoon’s later game, Arsenal were in a winning position against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having scored an early penalty, but they conceded from the spot themselves in the second half and that game also ended 1-1.
So with Chelsea on 71 points and Arsenal on 67 with Man United one point further back, those sides can no longer overtake us.
Arsenal still have the possibility of drawing level on points with fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur who are on 70 points but their goal difference is heavily against them in the contest with their north London rivals. The Europa League remains a route into the Champions League for the Gunners.
Chelsea play away at Leicester City on the final day of the league season next Sunday where a win would confirm a third-place finish. Tottenham have a home game against Everton while Arsenal are away at Burnley.
Congratulations to Maurizio Sarri and the squad for securing our Champions League place with a game to spare! The next target is to make the Europa League final by beating Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.