Hazard sends warning to L'Pool & Spurs for the top four spot

Giroud's first-half header at Stamford Bridge lifted fifth-placed Chelsea to within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham in the race to qualify for next season's Champions League.

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

"Now there is hope". Our opponents are dropping points, but our vision is not in our hands. "But we have to try".

With two games remaining to Liverpool's one, Chelsea can move level on points with the Champions League finalists when they face Huddersfield on Wednesday.

If Spurs were too far ahead to catch, then Liverpool, in third, were as good as over the horizon with their 10-point lead over Chelsea seemingly enough to banish any prospect of them slipping out of the top four during the final weeks of the season. Both games are at their temporary Wembley home.

According to the report by Spanish media outfit Don Balon, Mohamed Salah has told Real Madrid chiefs that he wants jersey number 11 and £13.25m to turn his back on Liverpool. Roma were under pressure from UEFA to balance their accounts: sanctioned in 2015 as part of the financial fair play, the club giallorosso had committed to present a maximum deficit of 30 million euros for the next two seasons and a strictly balanced budget in 2017-2018.

"I'm not shocked or surprised that happened today", Klopp said. It is hard to prepare for the match when I have only one striker.

"To be honest, we had a quite good game, we played our football how we wanted and how we expected", the No.6 continued. That doesn't sound like a holiday to me. The situation is very intense for the boys. Now the target is just to win and be in the top four at the end of the season, and if we play like this the last three games, we can have something special at the end of the season.

"It's freaky to not see him at Arsenal anymore, but I think he'll go somewhere else, because he wants to continue".

Klopp added: 'Newcastle will not be a vacation journey.

That is when the machine felt like it was well oiled in every area and I don't think Klopp will be anywhere as near as happy with what he has seen from his team since.

"He (Salah) can do much better".

"They are very risky and it's impressive the way they attack".

  • Stacy Allen