Chelsea lost a good opportunity to close the gap on a top four spot against Huddersfield, as the result meant Tottenham have confirmed their top four status.
Chelsea’s chances on clinching a top four spot means the Blues must defeat Newcastle and hope for Liverpool to lose at home to Brighton on Sunday.
Antonio Conte still has little hopes of clinching the remaining Champions League spot and has insisted that his team will try to beat Newcastle.
“It won’t be easy because a Champions League place is not in our hands, but we have to try to get three points against Newcastle and hope for something positive for us,” he said.
“There is this possibility of not taking a Champions League place because you play in a top league, a very tough league with six top teams. It can happen, and in the past the same thing happened. It’s not automatic you play every season and finish in the top four.
“We have dropped many points. Against Huddersfield we dominated and weren’t able to win. This season we have also been a bit unlucky. I don’t like to use this word, but if you see the home games against Huddersfield and West Ham, we lost four points. If you drop points in this way, you can pay.”