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Chelsea in fight to keep hold of third place

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Chelsea under pressure to secure Champions League football (©GettyImages)
Chelsea under pressure to secure Champions League football (©GettyImages).

It’s been an entertaining season involving England's finest.

Manchester United are in pole position to claim the Premier League title, with Manchester City looking likely to end the season as runners up. 

However, third and fourth place is still unclear. Chelsea have been sitting in third place for a couple of months, but they are not certain to stay there.  

Their closest rivals - Tottenham and Arsenal, are closing in on them. Both of these sides are striving for an inhabitable top four finish, but the achievement could be shared at the end of the season, if Chelsea continue to slip up. 

A difficult game at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City saw Chelsea fall to a 2-0 defeat, which gives Tottenham the opportunity to go two points clear of the Blues tonight if they can win at Upton Park. Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla secured all three points for the Gunners against Aston Villa on Saturday, which also keeps them in the battle.

The gap has closed in on Chelsea, and they are not safe. They are now in a position where they have to shrug off their rivals, but with Gareth Bale at the top of his game for Spurs and Cazorla firing for the Gunners, the task is looking more and more difficult.

Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez needs to sort his side out as a lack of consistency may cost them. The Blues are just two points clear of fifth placed Arsenal, so any more slip-ups could prove extremely costly. 

The Gunners are on the verge of a European exit, which gives them time to concentrate on the Premier league and with Tottenham unbeaten in their last ten league games, they are hitting form at the right time of the season. 

So what do Chelsea do now?

Well Spurs and Arsenal still have to play one another, which could be a potential extra one or two points Chelsea could get clear over the two sides. 

They have also been in third for a while, and with players like; Edin Hazard, Juan Mata and Frank Lampard they have enough quality at their disposal.

The title race may be all but over, however the battle for the final two Champions League spots could go right down to the wire.   

 

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