Chelsea are now five points behind third-placed Tottenham with a game in hand after our 2-1 victory at Fulham on Sunday. The Blues are also two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United and one point behind fifth-placed Arsenal, with a game in hand too.
After dominating the game against Fulham in the first half and early second half, Chelsea came under huge pressure for most of the second half.
According to Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea would have collapsed weeks ago under such pressure from Fulham and believes the mental toughness the team have developed in recent weeks helped against Fulham.
“Now after the last results, Tottenham is in the race to make the top four, that is clear,” Azpilicueta said.
“It is in our hands to make it possible, so we have 10 games remaining and now we have to fight. We have two games in the Premier League before the international break, we have to be focused on those, and two legs of the Europa League and let’s see where we can finish, but our aim as always at Chelsea is to try to finish as high as possible.
“It was an important game for us because we were coming from a good game against Tottenham and we won that so we needed consistency.
“We were coming to a tough place, Fulham are fighting relegation, and in the first half we were much better, we controlled the game and we created a lot of chances to be more comfortable in the game.
“In the second half we expected a reaction from them, they did a very good second half and they pushed us a lot until the end and we were not able to control that.
“Sometimes in football you have to dig in and I am pleased with his because a few weeks ago we were not able to do this if things were not going our way, we were quite weak, so I am pleased because during the season you have to work and to suffer and on this day we went away with the three points.”