Antonio Conte has revealed that Chelsea are still fighting for a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League competition. Chelsea currently sit 5th, five points below fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the game away to Swansea at the Liberty, while Spurs do not play until Monday when they welcome Watford to Wembley.
Conte has insisted that Chelsea will not give up in the chase for the top four while it remains mathematically possible.
“We have to try,” he said. “First of all we have to try to get three points at Swansea and it won’t be easy because we are going to play against a team that is fighting to avoid relegation.
“Swansea have won four of their last five games at home, it means they are in good form.
“We must pay great attention but at the same time if we want to continue to have an opportunity take a place in the Champions League we need to get three points and try to put a bit of pressure on the teams that are higher than us.
“It won’t be easy but at the same time we must try to get as many points as possible from now until the end.
“We have to play a very difficult game but if we want to continue to have an opportunity to take a place in the Champions League we need to get points.”
Chelsea will have three games left after Saturday as Liverpool visit the bridge next Sunday. They then host Huddersfield Town a week later at Stamford Bridge before the final game of the season away to Newcastle on May 13.
Meanwhile, Spurs have four games left, Watford on Monday, April 30, then games against West Brom, Newcastle, and Leicester.