Chelsea players receive Champions League message

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Chelsea head into our final eight games of the season, five points ahead of fifth place Manchester United.

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has urged his teammates to secure Champions League qualification.

Chelsea were considered outsiders to finish in the top four going into the season after Eden Hazard left the club for Real Madrid.

Azpilicueta said: “We have to be in the top four after the 38 games. That’s when we have to be in the top four.

“Maybe people didn’t expect us to be where we are but if we are there it is because we deserve to be there. Also, we have missed a lot of chances to be even higher.

“We lost a very important player, of course, but we had a challenge, we started in pre-season and we’ve worked hard. We’re in a good position.

“Now it’s time to finish the job. It’s in our hands. It’s up to us to take it and finish where we want to finish.”

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