At one point, it looked extremely unlikely. But following their 3-0 win over Watford and Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Brighton, Chelsea have secured Champions League football for next season.
And things could get even better for the Blues should they manage to beat Leicester City in their last Premier League game of the campaign, with three more points being enough to guarantee them a third-place finish ahead of London rivals Tottenham.
So looking forward now, here are two potential consequences of Chelsea’s top-four finish.
Maurizio Sarri Stays
At times this campaign, it has felt like Maurizio Sarri has been one defeat away from the sack.
To the Italian’s credit, though, following some disastrous results, he has managed to weather the storm and now looks like he will be in charge of the west London club next season.
After Manchester City and Liverpool pulled away from everyone, it was clear that Champions League qualification would have to be the realistic goal for Chelsea this term.
And in the end, Sarri was able to deliver just that.
Philippe Coutinho Arrives
Chelsea are still waiting to hear back from FIFA on whether they will be able to sign players in the summer following the appeal of their transfer ban (Evening Standard).
And if they are successful, one player they could look to target is Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho, with outlets such as Sport (via Sky Sports) reporting that the Blues are interested in the Brazilian.
It will be a difficult transfer to pull off but, with Champions League football to offer, Stamford Bridge looks like more of an attractive destination for world-class players than it did a few months ago.
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