Terriers staying up as Chelsea's top four hopes take a hit

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah

It's a simply remarkable achievement for Huddersfield who were almost everyone's pick to suffer an instant return down to the Championship following their surprise promotion to the Promised Land last season.

So when on Sunday Chelsea took a first-half lead, somewhat against the run of play, versus Liverpool in a must-win contest, their fans will have been forgiven for fearing the worst.

Lossl's brilliant reaction save, tipping an Andreas Christensen header on to the post, ensured Huddersfield kept hold of the point they needed for survival.

Instead of fight for silverware this campaign, fifth-placed Chelsea take on Huddersfield on Wednesday as the battle to qualify for next season's Uefa Champions League goes to the wire. "We have a further season in the Premier League", Wagner told the BBC. We played an intense game, with great desire to get three points.

"I'm really happy that this very intense period is over now because we have one week to prepare for Brighton - that feels like a year and we will use that". We have to try to do our best. Today was a stolen point but, to be perfectly honest, I don't care. This is what we fought for all season and the last two weeks alone have been up and down with our results and other results.

"We had so many chances and you must be good to take them". We have had many, many chances to score in games - to win games that we didn't win.

The Blues head coach congratulated Huddersfield on securing their status and rued the missed chances which mean his side must rely on Brighton beating Liverpool to have any hope of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Socceroos star Mooy's long pass sent Laurent Depoitre racing through on goal, the striker getting to the ball ahead of the sluggish Caballero and regaining his composure to slot into the open goal.

The Gunners could still end the season pointless away from home in 2018 after Vardy netted his sixth goal in six games against Wenger to help condemn them to defeat.

The Italian, widely tipped to leave Chelsea at the end of the season, sidestepped questions about how to improve his squad, saying he was sure the club would look at that later.

Conte's mood has not been the best since the previous worldwide break and even a FA Cup final triumph over Manchester United may not be sufficient to guarantee his stay, based on owner Roman Abramovich's demands from his managers, which includes regular participation in the Champions League.

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