Antonio Conte admitted Chelsea had only themselves to blame after their bid to qualify for the Champions League suffered a hammer blow as Huddersfield secured their Premier League survival with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
'We have dropped many points but in the last game we dominated the game and weren't able to win.
With the likes of Arsenal fans and many others hardly counting the FA Cup as anything of note, I find this hard to believe. Liverpool clearly have designs on landing this term's Champions League title, given their fast-approaching final against Real Madrid, but remain desperate to tie down that fourth-place finish.
"The Premier League isn't comparable to the play-off final", said the German, when asked how survival compared to the May afternoon previous year when promotion was secured on penalties against Reading under the Wembley Arch.
The 24-year-old also said that Tottenham sealing a Champions League spot is a massive achievement given that the club played all of their home matches at Wembley while their new stadium is under construction.
Jordan Henderson insists that Liverpool's mentality ahead of their final Premier League game of the season remains unchanged by events elsewhere this week. Romelu Lukaku, who has scored top-flight goals for West Brom, Everton and Manchester United, became the 28th player to achieve the feat in March. Falling behind they then equalised, before eventually losing.
"I've said it a few times, all the things we've done so far have built a basis, we have to use the basis".
Ideal scenario for me...
The result means that Liverpool will likely need only a draw against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday to secure the English Premier League's final Champions League spot, by virtue of their vastly superior goal difference over fifth-placed Chelsea.
"It's all about the FA Cup final now for Chelsea, isn't it?".
"Since the start of the first game, at that time I don't listen to the speculation around me and this is the right moment I start to be anxious".
"Let's be honest, they've messed it up". Alvaro Morata is not having a great first season at Chelsea and his job is getting tougher by the day. "I think you start with a bit of an advantage than when you finish 10th".
"Prediction is Newcastle 2 Chelsea 1".
Chelsea cannot benefit from the Reds finishing in the top four and winning this season's European Cup final.
Antonio Conte will probably be praying that Brighton journey to Liverpool and are available away with all three factors, whereas nothing however a victory in opposition to Newcastle will do for his males.
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