Published:20 May 2021
Chelsea won a much-needed 2-1 win over Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, giving the Premier League's top four chases yet another fascinating twist. Thomas Tuchel's side went ahead 2-0 in the second half thanks to Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho, with Kelechi Iheanacho halving the deficit after coming on as a substitute.
Chelsea now has complete leverage over their top-four prospects, and a draw against Aston Villa on matchday 38 might also guarantee qualification. However, Leicester City's loss means that a win against Burnley at Turf Moor tomorrow could put Liverpool ahead of them.
Brendan Rodgers' side hosts Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium later this week, but even though they win, the Foxes could finish behind Liverpool if Jurgen Klopp's side gets maximum points from their next two games.
Fans made their long-awaited return to stadiums this week after a turbulent Premier League season due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Chelsea's nervy triumph over Leicester City was witnessed by about 10,000 fans at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea returned to the winning path after losing the FA Cup final.
Since Thomas Tuchel's arrival, Chelsea has improved significantly in the Premier League and can finish the season in colour by winning the UEFA Champions League. The win for the Blues is good news for Liverpool, who face Burnley in another crucial game in the Premier League's top four chase tomorrow.
With a game in hand, Liverpool are three points behind Leicester City but can overtake them on goal difference if they win all three points tomorrow. If this is the case, the chase for the top four spots in the Premier League could be determined on goal difference on matchday 38.
Three teams are still in competition for the final two UEFA Champions League slots. The season comes to a close, with Manchester United securing the second position after a 1-1 draw against Fulham earlier today.
Next week, Manchester City will be crowned Premier League champions as the Citizens brace for their Champions League match against Chelsea by winning the league title for the third time in four years.