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It has been a season of highs and lows for Chelsea, as the Blues started out the season on a high, fighting for the title in the first few months of the campaign before losing form from November.
Chelsea have long been out of the title race, and the Blue are even outside the top four and are fighting for a top four finish. Chelsea have been knocked out of all competitions, and the Blues last hope of getting silverware is in the Europa League.
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has now revealed that Chelsea need to win the Europa League in order for their season to be considered a success, but insisted that Chelsea aren’t favourite for the title.
“We can make the season beautiful by winning the Europa League,” Kante told reporters at Stamford Bridge.
“That’s the only title we can win now, so it would be great to win the Europa League.
“We’re not favourites. We played a good match tonight and we will do all we can to get to the final. But we’re not favourites.”
Chelsea suffered to reach the semi-final after beating Slavia Prague 5-3 on aggregate in the quarterfinal, but the Czech side made life difficult for the Blues both home and away.
At home in Stamford Bridge, Chelsea were 4-1 up and comfortable leaders at the break, but Slavia scored two quick goals within three minutes after the restart to give the game a nervy finish.
Kante admits that the Blues should be avoiding nervy finishes, adding: “It’s just something that has happened many times this season and something we need to manage a bit better.
“But we still have to work on that. I think at the beginning of the game it was a good feeling to score three goals like this.
“The most important thing was to qualify. We’ll go into the semi-final with confidence and we hope to qualify for the final. I think it’s important to be in the semi-finals, it was our target.
“We played a good game, it was difficult in the second half but we got what we wanted and we are happy for that. I think they worked very well. They tried to push more and scored two beautiful goals. And after that, we managed to hold on to keep the win.”
With Chelsea unsure of a top four finish, winning the Europa League will give the Blues automatic qualification to the Champions League next season.