Chelsea are ‘sitting nervously’ in race for Champions League due to Man Utd key advantage

Chelsea coach Lampard

Chelsea’s win over Manchester City on Thursday night was a good result for the Blues, but they should still be looking over their shoulders at Manchester United, because the Red Devils have an easier run-in. That’s the opinion of Shaka Hislop, who believes Chelsea shouldn’t be as comfortable as they are in the race for the Champions League places.

Chelsea’s 2-1 win over City on Thursday night secured Liverpool as Premier League champions.

But the win was significant for Blues fans as well, as it pushed them further ahead of United in the race for the top-four.

Frank Lampard’s side currently occupy fourth spot in the table, five points ahead of the Red Devils.

They are still one point behind Leicester City, so there’s a chance they will finish in third spot when the season concludes.

But Hislop believes they should still be worried about United leapfrogging them and securing Champions League football ahead of them.

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The Red Devils have a slightly easier run-in from now until the end of the season, and will play three teams in the bottom four.

They face off against Brighton, who are 15th, before facing Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Ham.

Their only game against a top-half team will come on the final day against Leicester City, whereas Chelsea have a tougher fixture list ahead of them.

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The Blues still have to play Sheffield United, Wolves and the newly-crowned champions.

Wolves and the Blades are still in the running for European qualification, and will face stiff competition to Lampard’s side.

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And speaking on ESPN FC, Hislop predicted that the race for the top four will go down to the wire, and that Chelsea’s situation isn’t as rosy as it seems.

He said: “I think Chelsea are sitting a little bit nervously.

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“Yeah, I say that less than 24 hours after they beat Manchester City.

“United have the easier run-in, so as good as a result as that was for Chelsea, it’s a long way from [being] finished as far as the top four is concerned. That’s still my hope.

“We’ll see what happens with UEFA and City and whether it’s down to fifth place.

“But right now, let’s go top four, and I don’t think Chelsea are as comfortable as they think they are.”

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