José Mourinho may have tarnished his Chelsea legacy a bit by the events (and words) of the past five years, first joining Manchester United and then taking over at Tottenham Hotspur, but today he did a massive favor for the Blues.
Spurs’ 3-0 victory over Leicester City means that Chelsea only need to win one of our last two remaining games to guarantee at least a fourth place finish and Champions League football next season — the unspoken and unofficial but very much understood minimum expectations for Chelsea’s season, Youth Revolution™ and transfer ban aside.
That’s not to say that Chelsea are home free already. Our last two games are Liverpool away on Wednesday and then Wolverhampton Wanderers at home on Sunday. Liverpool may have nothing to play for, but they’ll surely want their coronation as champions to not arrive amid defeat. And Wolves are very much still in the battle for the sixth and final European place. They are two points behind Spurs with a game in hand after today’s results.
Chelsea had control of our own destiny even before today, but now we have a bit of a leeway as well. Thanks, José!