It was solely in the dying levels of yesterday’s sport at Villa Park that Chelsea’s gamers and employees may lastly chill out.
The Blues had produced a poor show in opposition to Aston Villa, one in which the profligacy of Thomas Tuchel’s facet was as soon as once more highlighted. Chance after probability had been missed and heading into stoppage time Chelsea trailed 2-1.
That is how the match ended and had outcomes elsewhere gone in opposition to the Blues, it might’ve meant they completed exterior of the Premier League top four. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case.
Chelsea had been executed the largest of favours by, of all golf equipment, Tottenham Hotspur. Victory for Spurs at Leicester City ensured the Blues would end in the top four no matter the reality they had been succumbing to their third loss in four video games in all competitions.
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“We are fortunate that Tottenham did the job and completed the job for us at present,” Tuchel admitted after the sport. “Like I mentioned, we got here to win and to place any doubts to the facet however it was not attainable.
“We had been in the place that it was attainable to finish in the top four even with a defeat. That was attainable due to the workforce’s exhausting work and constantly good outcomes.
“We want to regulate particulars and we should be spot-on on Saturday [the Champions League final] as we wish a constructive consequence.”
As Chelsea’s gamers walked round the Villa Park pitch after the sport, congratulating their opponents, there was a way of aid.
There was additionally anger from Tuchel, who remonstrated with referee Stuart Attwell after a number of huge choices went in opposition to his facet.
But the Chelsea head coach and his gamers can go into subsequent weekend’s ultimate in opposition to Man City in Porto figuring out that European soccer has been secured for subsequent season. It won’t be a case of all or nothing for the Blues.
After the ultimate whistle at Villa Park, former Blue Bertrand Traore, who scored the opening objective of the sport, engaged in dialog with members of the Chelsea teaching and medical workforce, a number of of whom he labored with throughout his four years at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, a number of members of Tuchel’s first-team squad acquired fist bumps and had been wished nicely by Chelsea legend John Terry, who’s on Dean Smith’s teaching employees.
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Terry additionally gave former Blues teammate Kurt Zouma an enormous hug and so they walked down the touchline again to the dressing room along with the Frenchman’s arm draped over the former Chelsea captain. It was a touching second.
And away from the eyes of the public, Thiago Silva, who embraced Terry earlier than kick-off, handed his match-worn shirt to the former defender.
“What a participant this man is,” Terry wrote on Instagram with a picture of the shirt. “Great to see you mate. Legend.”