Salomon Kalou remains confident Chelsea can not only secure Champions League qualification this season, but also pip Arsenal to third spot with five Premier League games remaining.
Chelsea currently occupy sixth spot after their 1-1 draw with Fulham on Monday, with two points separating them from fourth and fifth placed Tottenham and Newcastle, while Arsenal could be a further five points ahead if the beat bottom-placed club Wolves tonight.
The Blues have endured a tumultuous campaign to date, but appear to be finishing strong under interim boss Roberto di Matteo, with semi-finals in the F.A Cup and the Champions League to come alongside their final five league games.
While some fear fixture congestion could get the better of Di Matteo’s side – they face the prospect of playing Tottenham in the F.A Cup, Barcelona twice and Arsenal in the space of nine days - Kalou remains confident that his side can finish the season strongly.
"We have to forget about the Fulham game and continue to work hard because it’s still possible to get the third place,” Kalou told The Sun.
Chelsea’s fixture list offers no respite after their crucial upcoming games, with encouters against local rivals QPR and top four rivals Newcastle to come, as well as a tough-looking trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool before the end of the season.
Despite dropping behind Newcastle in the race for a top four spot and the prospect of a quick flurry of games that could alter the course of their campaign drastically, di Matteo remains positive that his side still have their fate in their own hands.
“It’s good that we still have to play these teams," Di Matteo said. “It’s still in our hands.”
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