Chelsea look to clinch slim Champions League hopes with away win at Newcastle United
Chelsea are playing Newcastle United on the final day of the Premier League season with Chelsea having a slim chance of clinching a top four place and a Champions League place for next season.
Chelsea have to defeat Newcastle on Sunday as well as Liverpool having to lose at home to Brighton & Hove Albion to secure a top four place.
Antonio Conte’s job relies heavily on qualifying for next seasons Champions League and it will give them automatic entry into the Champions League football for next season.
Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United team don’t have much to play for on the final day as they can’t qualify for Europe, neither can they get relegated so it is possible that they could field a weakened side ahead of the final game.
Liverpool’s game against Brighton as mentioned earlier is likely to not have too many consequences as Liverpool will possibly play a strong team to clinch qualification.
Although even if they lose Liverpool could still win the Champions League which will be a remarkable achievement for Klopp considering the squad he inherited from Brendan Rodgers.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: “I said so many times, it has been a great season.At the beginning, the target was to stay up.To do that with five games to go is amazing.”
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte: “We’re struggling to take a place in the Champions League. But we play in a very tough league where there are six top teams fighting for a place.”
Guy Mowbray: “It’s considered vulgar to talk money, yet with Newcastle the topic of finance is never far away. Is the club any closer to being sold?How much will Rafa Benitez get to spend this summer?