It’s a miracle that Chelsea are not only still in the race for Champions League qualification but have somehow solidified their chances even after only getting one point from our last two matches. However, Arsenal’s three Premier League losses in a row and Manchester United and Spurs’ two losses out of their last three matches has done just that and helped our cause.
This weekend, even before Chelsea have played a single minute of football, the other London teams have been doing their best to ease our suffering. While Spurs lost 1-0 to West Ham at home, Arsenal have gone and topped that with a 3-0 loss against Leicester City, albeit away from home.
Arsenal have conceded three goals in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time in the club's history:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 28, 2019
2-3 vs. Palace
1-3 vs. Wolves
0-3 vs. Leicester
A record-breaking first season under Unai Emery. pic.twitter.com/DGYYKmTBws
So what does Arsenal’s latest debacle mean for Chelsea? Well, it means that the Blues will have to get roughly 6 points out of the maximum 9 points available to get Champions League qualification, excluding special circumstances.
Chelsea have three matches left, they currently stand on 67 points and as such, we can reach a maximum total of 76 points. Arsenal have two games and they stand on 66 points. As such, even if they win their remaining matches, the Gunners can only reach a maximum total of 72 points.
Whereas Manchester United have three games left and they can reach a maximum total of 73 points. However, if Manchester United win all three matches, it would lead to Chelsea losing our fixture against them, meaning we would only reach a maximum of 73 points but that would still be enough for the Blues to qualify as Chelsea have a significantly better goal difference than the Red Devils.
Of course, all this is easier said than done as Chelsea’s remaining fixtures are against Manchester United away from home, Watford at Stamford Bridge and Leicester away from home, the same team that just destroyed Arsenal 3-0.
The road is anything but easy but it certainly feels better now that our fate lies in our own hands once again rather than on the misfortune of others. We must strike while the iron is hot and take full advantage of this situation.