Chelsea boost Champions League hopes by beating Liverpool

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Chelsea has closed the gap on the top four back to two points courtesy of a 1-0 win over fellow Champions League hopefuls Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. "We have to try to get three points to put pressure on the teams ahead of us".

"I'm very happy for the players and the fans, they deserve this type of game and this win". Liverpool's Egyptian forward will be particularly desperate for three points this time out, having been sold by Chelsea earlier in his career without ever being given much of a chance in the first team. The two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Anfield in the reverse fixture and avoiding defeat here for the Reds will all but guarantee their position in the top four.

Chelsea slowly grew into the game but Liverpool maintained a threat on the break with Sadio Mane particularly lively coming in from the left.

"In the Champions League, when you reach the last 16 or quarter-finals or semi-finals, one situation - positive or negative - can change your future in this competition", Conte said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

If the trio all win their remaining games, Chelsea would miss out on the Champions League next season but any slip up could see them sneak in at the last. I was not sure.

"Chelsea has to win as well".

"We did this and we played a good game, we had great commitment from the players to follow the plan and great effort from the strikers".

Jurgen Klopp was unconcerned by Mohamed Salah's disappointing performance against Chelsea, refuting the suggestion the Egypt winger is suffering burnout.

The Blues started the match impressively knowing that a win will help them keep serious pressure on Tottenham who now occupy fourth position on the League standings. Liverpool did plenty of pressing but could not find an equalizer.

Victor Moses teased Andrew Robertson as he worked space to swing over a cross and Giroud, stealing in front of the slow to react Dejan Lovren, glanced a fine header into the far corner of the net.

Olivier Giroud's header hauled Chelsea back into serious contention for a Champions League spot.

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