Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Chelsea boost Champions League hopes by beating Liverpool

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Sergio Cook | 07 May, 2018, 01:02

"One month ago, it was impossible to imagine we could fight for a place in the Champions League", Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said.

Olivier Giroud scored the only goal of the game as Chelsea kept their top-four hopes alive with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

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. We need to be ready for the game. The deposed champions are five points behind fourth placed Tottenham, with both teams having three games to play. The two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Anfield in the reverse fixture and avoiding defeat here for the Reds will all but guarantee their position in the top four.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is getting a bit annoyed with the same questions from reporters but his answers remain the same.

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"Liverpool is a team who are very risky and if you leave a lot of space behind the defensive line their players are impressive the way they attack the space, but also playing through the lines and in their combinations".

When speaking to the Telegraph, the centre-back revealed that he is still eager to win more despite the few that doubt his status at Chelsea. I have never spoken about Salah because I think the situation was very clear.

"We want something big at the season, so when you win games like this it's good for the whole team".

Attention to detail will be hugely important if Chelsea want to get anything from this match, with Conte highlighting the explosiveness of Salah, Mané and Firmino, together with the opportunities they can create in behind.

The report also claims that Salah's teammates at Chelsea felt that the Egyptian was being pushed out of the club, despite impressing in training.

Victor Moses teased Andrew Robertson as he worked space to swing over a cross and Giroud, stealing in front of the slow to react Dejan Lovren, glanced a fine header into the far corner of the net.

The Premier League outing between Chelsea and Liverpool will start at 4:30 pm local and 9 pm IST.

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