Antonio Rudiger claims that Chelsea are focused on securing a top-four spot and thus are not troubling themselves with the title race. The Blues were once considered potential title contenders when Frank Lampard managed to take them up to the second position on the table. They were chasing rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, however, since then, both the clubs have fallen down the table and are fighting for a UEFA Champions League spot.
According to German center-back, Rudiger, the club is more focused on the top four spots than the title itself. Manchester City have once again taken the league by a storm and it does not look like anyone will be able to catch them. The Sky Blues are already 12 points clear off of the second place, Manchester United, and it is not possible for Chelsea to catch up to them. However, it will be a big blow for the Blues if they miss out on Champions League football as well next season and thus, Thomas Tuchel and the team are completely focused on securing that first.
Rudiger gets candid about Chelsea’s chances and realistic aim this season
In an interview with Chelsea’s official website, the 27-year-old defender spoke about their chances of ending up in the top four. He gave a very realistic expectation and admitted that the title race was well and over for the Blues. He said in the interview,
It depends on us. We still have a lot of games to play and also against direct opponents so the battle is still in our own hands.”
“Our aim is to arrive in the top four. We don’t need to look at Man City at this moment because they are far ahead but, with the top four, everything is open.” – Source Goal
The change in managers has proved to be very positive for the London side as the team has improved massively under the guidance of Tuchel. Rudiger himself has benefited a lot from the arrival of the German coach and he has put on impressive performances in recent games as well. The way the club is going, the top four seems possible.
Chelsea are currently in the fifth position, one point behind London rivals, West Ham. They, however, have a tough couple of games ahead of them, firstly against Liverpool then against Everton. They must make sure to not drop points in these crucial last few weeks as dropping points now would surely end their hopes for Champions League football next season.
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