The final day of the Premier League season was about the race for the top four. There were three clubs in contention for that final UEFA Champions League spot i.e Liverpool, Leicester City and Chelsea.
Chelsea went into the final day in an ideal situation as they stood third on the points table after the victory against Aston Villa. Liverpool additionally had it in their grasp in fourth as they facilitated Aston Villa. Then, Leicester played Tottenham at home trusting that either Chelsea and Liverpool goofed or they won by an extensive edge.
After a particularly capricious season, it was never going to be clear. Indeed, what happened was an hour and a half of exciting bends in the road.
We’ll get going at Anfield where Liverpool endured a cheeky start against Palace yet settled down after Sadio Mane’s first half strike 10 minutes before the break. Mane added a second with under 20 minutes staying to guarantee there was no cheeky finish.
Over at the King Power, Jamie Vardy had given Leicester an eighteenth minute lead before Harry Kane, who ended up winning the Golden Boot and evened out before half time. Be that as it may, another Vardy penalty put Leicester 2-1 ahead and allowed them the most ideal opportunity of finishing in the top four. In any case, with somewhat more than 10 minutes remaining, a Kasper Schmeichel own goal constrained by Davinson Sanchez made it 2-2.
Leicester required every one of the three points however Gareth Bale’s strike in the final 10 minutes saw them pass up a top four spot on the final day of the season. Tottenham at that point added another in the final minute of the injury time to seal it up against the foxes.
It implied that, at Villa Park, Chelsea’s actually figured out how to sneak top-four notwithstanding a loss. Chelsea lost 2-1 to Aston Villa and even coach Thomas Tuchel agreed that Chelsea have been lucky with the Champions League qualification because of Leicester City losing to Spurs.
Chelsea began the match with most of the possession. Aston Villa were beaten inside the initial ten minutes of the game and constrained profoundly into their own half. Be that as it may, for the entirety of their possession, Chelsea didn’t have a lot to show for it.
One significant issue which emerged was the way that Thomas Tuchel played Azpillecueta in the right wing back position. This should’ve been given to Reece James who might have delivered much better crosses.
Former Chelsea player Bertrand Traore opened the scoreline. A grounded corner straightforwardly to Traore and his shot tracked down the extreme left corner as Eduoard Mendy’s overhand glove couldn’t save it. Additionally, Chelsea ended up in more profound difficulty as Eduoard Mendy needed to be subbed by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Aston Villa added to Chelsea’s wretchedness with an early goal in the subsequent half. One more error from Jorginho as he trips Traore inside the penalty box. Anwar El Ghazi took the penalty and sent Kepa Arrizabalaga the incorrect way.
Timo Werner had the ball toward the rear of the net yet Cesar Azpilicueta was hailed offside in the development play. Thomas Tuchel rolled out two substitutions as Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech entered the spot of Matteo Kovacic and Jorginho.
Ben Chilwell gave Chelsea fans some expectation with his goal in the 70th minute. Some beautiful play between Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech found Timo Werner who missed his shot yet Chilwell was there to turn it around.
Thomas Tuchel should seriously look into his group before they face Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League final. This group is not even close to the necessary level and will get crushed in the event that they proceed with this form. Chelsea looked dreary in the final third and needed to create more and have clinical finishing.
In spite of the misfortune, the Blues did qualify for next season’s Champions League thanks to their London rivals, Tottenham.