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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The title race is over. The relegation trio have been confirmed. The only area of intrigue remaining in the final days of this pandemic-hit season is who qualifies for Europe and, more importantly, the Champions League.Even though Arsenal can no longer qualify for it they did their best to hold Chelsea back with a surprise and undeserved victory at Stamford Bridge that will keep the top four fight bubbling away until the league concludes a week on Sunday.It’s nothing short of remarkable that since replacing Frank Lampard at the end of January, Thomas Tuchel has guided Chelsea to this weekend’s FA Cup final, against Leicester City, and the Champions League final, against Manchester City. Get expert FPL tips, delivered straight to your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.But they have won nothing yet, their place in next season’s Champions League is still not secured, and surely this is not going to be one of those cruel conclusions to one of the season’s stories that football can occasionally throw up? Read More When is Champions League final 2021? Date, time, venue, TV coverage, and if fans can buy tickets Leicester at home next Tuesday after the Wembley final and Aston Villa away on the final day of the season are tough, unpredictable fixtures that will require Chelsea to hold nerves and keep calm.They will anxiously be awaiting the outcome of Liverpool’s postponed trip to Old Trafford to play Manchester United on Thursday, Jurgen Klopp’s last opponents in the top half of the table. Liverpool have more league fixtures to play, but West Bromwich Albion, Burnley and Crystal Palace are easier opponents.West Ham, of course, are loitering disconcertingly behind Chelsea in fifth and though the wind has been taken out of their Champions League sails by three defeats in four matches, David Moyes’s remaining opponents are Brighton, West Brom and Southampton – potentially nine points from nine. Could it be?Chelsea have kept 10 clean sheets under their impressive manager and it prompted BBC 5 Live to mock up a picture of the German laying bricks on “The wall of Tuchel”. Unfortunately, it took 16 minutes for that to collapse in on itself.Chelsea seemed in control of the match and were knocking the ball around at the back under only a little pressure. Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had pulled to the corner of his penalty area, presumably to create space for a pass. But Jorginho had not seen the shift in position, and instinctively passed back to his goalkeeper without looking, expecting him to be… well, in his goal.Kepa hurtled back, dived desperately and only just saved a horrendously embarrassing own goal.
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.That was the eighth time a Chelsea error has gifted an opponent a goal – only Liverpool have handed opponents more (nine) – this season in the league and it’s an area by which Tuchel will be concerned.Thomas Tuchel will have concerns over Chelsea’s propensity to commit individual errors (Photo: PA)You cannot build a wall if the bricks keep crumbling.It might help next season if the significant player seemingly ready to climb out of Kai Havertz’s lanky frame manages to do so. On 11 minutes, he almost scored a goal made of his own speed, ingenuity and foresight. But only almost.The forward spotted a pass to Arsenal’s Pablo Mari on halfway before it had been made, accelerated with a quickness that belies his loping stride, stole the ball, outran Mari to leave himself one-on-one with Bernd Leno, only to blaze the ball over the crossbar.There were other nice moments, drifting past an opponent – again using that deceptively sharp turn of pace – before rolling the ball into Christian Pulisic’s path, the American denied by Leno’s dive.Against Real Madrid in that stunning Champions League semi-final victory a week ago, Havertz looked every bit a superstar, seemingly unfazed facing Europe’s finest: part composed, part arrogant.Yet, still, he won’t score many more than the eight he has for Chelsea this season with so few games remaining and that’s a disappointing return, especially given they include three against Barnsley and another against Morecambe.It is, of course, his first season in the Premier League and he is still only 21 years old, turning 22 next month. Nevertheless, youth and inexperience will never be an excuse for a £71million price tag. Read More Back-pass rule: Why Emile Smith Rowe’s goal for Arsenal against Chelsea was allowed to stand He was replaced by Olivier Giroud on 65 minutes with Chelsea still yet to score, after being a handful for Arsenal’s defenders but producing three shots off target.Chelsea were frustrated for the remainder of the game and particularly a second half played almost exclusively in Arsenal’s half. Was Mason Mount’s volley blocked by Rob Holding’s hand? VAR remained silent, but popped up a little later when Pulisic bundled a corner in at the back post from a corner, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.Frustrating for Chelsea – exciting for the rest of us.More on the Premier League‘I want Burnley to be the UK’s favourite underdog’Deeney: ‘Middle-class white people are outraged about racism now – that’s what stokes change’ The making of Everton’s versatile defender whose rise surprised even his own managerHall: Martial is running out of chances to prove he is part of the future at Man UtdThe Czech ‘warriors’ who rose from obscurity to fire West Ham into European contention
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