Chelsea close on top four with win over Liverpool

07 May, 2018, 06:14 | Author: Marlene Myers
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On a high from a mid-week Champions League semifinal victory over Roma, Liverpool headed into the match knowing that a win would secure them a top four finish and all but end Chelsea's hopes of achieving the same.

Tottenham's loss at West Bromwich on Saturday and Giroud's fourth goal in five games took Antonio Conte's deposed champions two points behind their London rival with two games to go.

"We are winning and our opponents are dropping points".

Liverpool have 72 points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur with 71 and Chelsea on 69, both with a game in hand on the Merseysiders.

With the win, Chelsea got themselves back into the race for a top four finish and a spot in next season's UEFA Champions League.

Chelsea have 69 points from 36 games while Liverpool have 72 from 37 games. For me this group of players has a special quality, not only on the pitch but off the pitch, follow this team and support them next season because they deserve it. "It is very hard to prepare another player in your mind if you have two strikers and one is injured". The Reds will be frustrated to find themselves in this position, though, as with a Champions League final against Real Madrid on the horizon the battle for top four is proving to be an unwelcome distraction. "The players played a really good game".

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"Yes I think it was a dive, wasn't it?" "He has to be much better, he can do much better and he will score again".

"The manager would have worked on this formation and it was very impressive".

Klopp slammed the 43-goal forward for the dive, saying: "That is not what I want to see, that is not what he wants to do. That doesn't sound like a holiday trip for me". Usually when you have to play a must-win game, it is not easy.

But despite their pressure, Liverpool were caught with a sucker punch in the 32nd minute as Giroud justified Conte's decision to select him at the expense of the out of form Alvaro Morata.

Olivier Giroud was the man to make the breakthrough, with the ex-Arsenal man heading home from a Victor Moses cross, after the much-maligned Tiemoué Bakayoko had started the move with a fine cross-field pass.

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