Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
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Chelsea down Reds to keep Euro dream alive

Chelsea down Reds to keep Euro dream alive

After winning the Premier League in dominating fashion last season, Chelsea was unable to repeat the feat and the pressure under Antonio Conte and the players increased in a spectacular way.

Eden Hazard was becoming more influential for Chelsea and almost added a second for the hosts after dancing past three Liverpool defenders, his near-post effort just rebuffed by Karius and with 10 minutes to go Marcus Alonso's spectacular left-foot volley whistled just past the post.

"I saw great desire and a great will to fight and keep the hope alive to take a place in the Champions League".

'We are getting three points in every game.

The result moves Chelsea to within two points of Tottenham in fourth and just three behind third-placed Liverpool with two games remaining.

Barcelona cleared the final major hurdle in their quest to become the first La Liga side to finish the league campaign in unbeaten fashion, drawing UEFA Champions League finalists Real Madrid, 2-2, in the final El Clasico of the 2017-18 season on Sunday... barely.

Chelsea's run of four consecutive wins may have helped for that, but Liverpool only needed a win against those sides to guarantee their place and they were not able to deliver.

With only one win in their last five league games, third placed Liverpool have made their top four status an unnecessarily tense affair.

If Chelsea beat or draw with Huddersfield in midweek they will be within striking distance of Liverpool going into next Sunday's games.

"He can do much better, and he will score again, but today was not a game for [him]". "We need to win at home to Brighton, they need to win at Newcastle". Or he waited for the contact, I'm not positive, so that isn't what I wish to see, that isn't what he needs to do.

"But that's my life. It was the same with (Antonio) Rudiger today", Klopp told reporters at his post-match press conference.

"I thought that Chelsea were as close as I thought they were a year ago when they won the title with how solid they were, especially the back three", Jenas said.

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