Chelsea’s top four chances were given a dent when the Blues lost 4-0 to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday night.
Prior to this weekend’s round of games, Chelsea’s defeat to the Cherries pushed the Blues out of the top four, as Arsenal entered fourth based on superior goals. Chelsea became level on points with the Gunners and only two points ahead of Manchester United.
Before the Huddersfield clash, Chelsea had only been able to win two of our last five games, and a poor run of games since November has seen us lose pace with Tottenham who are now seven points clear of Chelsea in third.
Besides the Gunners, Manchester United are another cause for concern. Manchester United have been on fire since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as the manager of the club, and the Norwegian had led United to 8 straight wins in all competitions before the 2-2 draw with Burnley. Sunday’s win over Leicester City means Manchester United have won 9 out of 10 games under Solskjaer.
Since Solskjaer was appointed in December, United have cut a gap of 11 points to just two and their form has made Chelsea’s place in the top four far from certain. While Chelsea seem to be stuttering at a crucial stage of the season, Arsenal and especially Manchester United have been on the ascendancy, and the big question every Chelsea fan is asking is whether the Blues can make a Champions League spot, having failed to make top four last season.
The defeat to Bournemouth put a question mark on Chelsea’s top four hopes, and Maurizio Sarri’s comments seemed to suggest that all wasn’t okay in Chelsea camp.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri slammed the squad’s mentality after the game just as he did following the defeat to Arsenal. He said: “At the moment they can react against a big team, when we play against a big team we can play with a big level of motivation.
“But in this match it was different. Suddenly after the first goal we were not able to play. I think it was a different situation. Of course about the mentality.
“Maybe we are not at the top of the table, but we cannot lose 4-0 to Bournemouth, I want to respect them. Maybe it is my fault that I am not able to motivate them.”
Chelsea reacted well with a 5-0 win against Huddersfield, and with our next game against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, the jury is still out on Chelsea’s top four quest.
Chelsea will be hoping that Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is right, as the Arsenal legend has predicted Chelsea will edge Arsenal and Manchester United to a top four spot.
He said: “Arsenal will get beaten by a team in the bottom half next week probably, they were getting beaten by West Ham last week and they were very poor. They won’t have the consistency, I think Manchester United will get found out – they can’t keep on being that lucky, and I say lucky but they’re poor at the back.
“Tottenham’s games they’ve got without Kane are winnable, so I don’t see a problem with them, the top two will look after themselves and I think Chelsea will get it.”
He added: “I think Chelsea will edge it, but only just. It’s more the three-point headstart if I’m being honest.”
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