Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

The moment Mohamed Salah knew he had to leave Chelsea

The moment Mohamed Salah knew he had to leave Chelsea The moment Mohamed Salah knew he had to leave Chelsea
| 07 May, 2018, 01:04

Even so, Conte remains focused on getting Chelsea back into the top four after a run of three successive league wins.

An intense contest in stifling heat proved too much at the end of a week which saw Jurgen Klopp's men advance to the Champions League final.

Mo Salah has fired Liverpool's bid at home and overseas with a stunning 43 goal debut season at Anfield and will return to Stamford Bridge for the first time as the recently crowned double player-of-the-season.

Asked if he had given up hope of qualifying for the Champions League during Chelsea's prolonged slump in form from January to April, Conte replied: "One month ago it was impossible to imagine we'd arrive at the end to fight for a place in the Champions League".

Chelsea have two more games to play with maximum points needed at home to Huddersfield on Wednesday.


Adam Lallana is back in training after recovering from a hamstring problem.

The Blues' top four-bid received a boost on Saturday afternoon after fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion, and they can move to within a point of their London rivals with a win today. In the league, over 38 games, usually the team who deserves to win it wins it.

Liverpool have injury problems of their own as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Emre Can and Joel Matip won't play again this season while Joe Gomez is also struggling with an ankle injury. Victories over Newcastle and Leicester in their final two matches (both at Wembley) will guarantee them Champions League football next season.

Chelsea knew before the start of the match that this championship is their only chance of winning a title this season, and the Blues did themselves a lot of good by winning the tie.

Hopeful of taking advantage of Liverpool tiredness after their European exploits, Conte said: "This could be a good opportunity for us". We must be ready to get three points because it won't be easy. We should see Bakayoko starting, together with Olivier Giroud, in a mission to exploit Liverpool's defensive fragilities.

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