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Champions League football to return, Hazard's brilliance and Cahill's thanks

In her latest blog for the official Chelsea website, season ticket holder Hannah Kurzawski reflects on a fantastic final home game for the Blues...

The battle for the remaining top four places in the Premier League has seen its fair share of twists and turns these past few weeks and I, like many others, fully expected it to go to the very last day of the season.

After two consecutive draws, only victories in the two remaining League fixtures would perhaps be good enough to secure Champions League football for the Blues again next season.

Having followed the games against Burnley and Manchester United online in the small hours of the morning from Japan, grateful for the hotel Wi-Fi as I constantly refreshed for updates, it was great to be back at Stamford Bridge for the penultimate home game of the season, albeit slightly jetlagged.

A game where it all happened in the second half, the Blues put in a wonderful display to secure a 3-0 victory against a strong Watford side. Eden Hazard’s assists for both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and David Luiz means he has been directly involved in 31 league goals for Chelsea this season.

He is the only player across all five top leagues in Europe to have more than 15 goals and 15 assists in the 2018-2019 campaign. Only three other players - Eric Cantona, Matt Le Tissier and Thierry Henry - have achieved this is the history of the Premier League. I’m still baffled as to how Hazard didn’t make the PFA Team of the Year!

With the job done against the Hornets, all eyes were on those around us. I’m not sure you could have predicted it, but with Spurs losing against Bournemouth the previous day, and then both Manchester United and Arsenal drawing their respective ties against Huddersfield and Brighton on Sunday afternoon, Chelsea were guaranteed a top four spot and Champions League football for next season.

While it may be mission accomplished in the Premier League, the Blues still have the Europa League to fight for, with the semi-final delicately balanced at 1-1 with Eintracht Frankfurt. Thanks to Pedro, we have a vital away goal and I’m sure Stamford Bridge will be full of noise on Thursday evening, as we look to reach the final in Baku.

Towards the end of Sunday’s game our captain, Gary Cahill, was brought on in what could be his last appearance for the Blues. `He’s won it all’ rang out from all four sides of Stamford Bridge and that is spot on - the Premier League, the Champions League, the Europa League, the FA Cup, and the League Cup - Cahill has won every major trophy with the Blues in his eight seasons here.

He is, in fact, the fastest player in Premier League history to achieve this feat, winning all five between May 2012 and May 2015. Anyone who played in that Champions League Final in Munich in 2012 will forever stick in my mind as a Chelsea great, and our skipper is exactly that. Thank you for everything you have done for our club, Gary, we wish you all the best for the next step in your career.

By Hannah Kurzawski, Guest fan blogger

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