The Blues are facing a tough competition from Arsenal and resurgent Manchester United for the fourth spot.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is under fire. The Italian has been under the watch since his controversial ‘ unable to motivate his players’. Chelsea’s form has surprisingly dipped since December. Defeats to Bournemouth and Arsenal in recent time has made the race to top 4 very competitive. With Arsenal dropping points and Chelsea to face Manchester City at weekend, it seems the race to top 4 has still turns and shocks to come. However,this nightmare situation could result in Chelsea missing out on Champions League.
Chelsea are currently in fourth place in the Premier League. But there is still plenty of football to be played before the end of the season. The Blues moved back into the final qualification spot for the Champions League at the weekend, with their 5-0 win against Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge. The win moved them above their London rivals Arsenal in the race for the top four. But it is far from over when it comes to the battle to get back into the Champions League, with one third of the Premier League still to go.
And Chelsea’s remaining fixtures hint that it is far from a certainty that the Blues will finish in the top four. Chelsea still have to play against Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United before the end of the season. The first of those games coming this weekend against Pep Guardiola’s City side at the Etihad Stadium. Indeed, three of those four fixtures are away from home, with Spurs the only ‘big six’ side the Blues are yet to face at Stamford Bridge in the league.
Chelsea are facing the possibility of fixture congestion in the coming weeks and months ahead. Sarri’s side is involved in four competitions. The Blues face Swedish side Malmo in the Europa League. Chelsea will also face United in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday, February 18.
The race to top 4 will have more twists and turn as the season progress. Manchester United also are yet to face Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal. If Chelsea want to finish in top 4 then they need to drop out from at least a competition.