Chelsea Legend Admits He Doesn’t Understand The Top Four Fight

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This season’s top four race is the weirdest we’ve seen in the Premier League era with four teams fighting for the third and fourth positions.

Manchester City and Liverpool are first and second respectively, and only two spots are left in the top four race, with Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United battling hard for those two places.

At the moment, no team has got a grip of a Champions League position with all four sides struggling to win games, and all four sides have all at one point been in the mix, but Spurs who lie in third have been the most consistent as they haven’t been out of the top four in a long while.

With two games left of the season, Tottenham are currently third with 70 points, Chelsea follow in fourth with 68 points, while Arsenal and Manchester United have 66 and 65 points respectively.

None of these four sides were able to get a win over the weekend, and Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has admitted that it’s indeed a very tough battle.

Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website:  “I’ll admit it, I am confused. All normal common sense has gone out the window in this last part of the season. Someone asked me the other day to explain what was going on in the race for the third and fourth spot in the Premier league and who I think will secure those places in the end.

“I reckon it would be easier to explain the current Brexit debate in the UK and then guess what the outcome is going to be in six months’ time.

“Okay, so maybe just a little bit of an exaggeration there but really what on earth is happening? The only result I had a fair level of confidence in over at the weekend was that we would get a draw against Manchester United. Was this negativity on my part or a belief that both teams are so evenly matched they could not be separated? No it wasn’t, I just thought that after Arsenal’s latest capitulation, this time at Leicester, and Spurs imploding against West Ham, what is the result that would give us absolutely no clarity on the situation? The answer was the draw and as such, that is exactly what we were going to get. I was even bold enough to say it before the game on BBC radio.”

Nevin is also glad that Chelsea have their destiny in their own hands as he added: “With only two games to go in the Premier League season our Champions League future is entirely in our own hands. Two wins and it is definitely mission accomplished, even if United and Arsenal win their last two games 25-0!”

With the four teams struggling to win games on a regular basis, Nevin tried to analyse what could be at fault as he said: “Arsenal have managed to pick up three points from the last 15 in the league and those were three very lucky points against Watford. They have shipped nine goals in three games that most people expected them to win. Spurs have managed to garner only 10 points from their last 30 available to them while we have bagged 18 in the same 10 games. We have only got two points from the last nine so shouldn’t crow too much, but it is incredible to watch! United have had their own post Ole contract-signing slump as well to contend with, so no one is safe.

“Is it nerves, is it tiredness from the strains of going deep into European competitions, is it a collective hangover from a post-World Cup season? It could be all of these things in part along with new managers in situ but I would not expect the same level of madness in a normal season, so surely there is something different going on here.

“Or is there? In the last four seasons the average points total for the fourth place team was exactly 75 points. If Spurs win their last two games they will have 76 points. That spoils the theory that these teams are having terrible seasons, there isn’t a huge difference there. The team finishing sixth in the last four years has had an average of 64.25 points, if United win their last two games they will have 71 points!”

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