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Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has slammed the club’s involvement in the European Super League, and has gone as far to hope that Chelsea eventually misses out on top four.
Burley, who represented Chelsea between 1989 to 1997, has admitted that he has no sympathy for the club and would hope to see West Ham or Everton make a top four place.
“[The Brighton draw] hasn’t helped Chelsea’s Champions League hopes for next season and I’m actually quite pleased about that,” Burley told ESPN FC.
“The game was awful. You could argue Brighton deserved to win in the end, they created more chances. I’ll be honest with you, it was a hard watch.
“Quite frankly, I hope they don’t get in the top four – I hope they miss out. I’d rather see West Ham get in there or Everton get up there.
“I don’t want Chelsea to get in there. I don’t want Tottenham to get in there. We know Arsenal are not getting in because they’re hopeless.
“But this club [Chelsea] is part of it. I would love to see West Ham and Leicester do it, we know Man United are going to make it and that’s another unfortunate scenario because of their stand.
“I’ve got no sympathy for Chelsea if they don’t make it. Thomas Tuchel has done a great job since he’s come in in the main, but his team bores the hell out of me. They’re a hard watch and they do not inspire.”
Chelsea fans won’t be pleased with the statement made by Burley, who spent many years at the club. The club has already turned back on his former verdict, and has listened to the pleas of the fans. As bad as the idea to join the ESL was, the club must as well be hailed for being among the first to realise their mistake.