Chelsea reeling after Tottenham
The impact of Tottenham’s 3-1 win at Chelsea on Sunday in the Premier League has been swift, in the Telegraph are to be believed on Tuesday.
Spurs claimed their first Stamford Bridge victory in 28-years last weekend.
While the win was an obvious mental boost for Spurs, it was also hugely significant in the race for the top four.
Chelsea are now eight points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.
It’s now highly likely that the Blues will play Europa League football next term.
‘Up to nine Chelsea stars set to leave’
On Tuesday in the Telegraph, nine Chelsea stars are pushed towards the Stamford Bridge exit door.
Indeed the broadsheet prep Chelsea fans for “one of the biggest summers of the Roman Abramovich era.” The paper continues to report:
There are doubts over the futures of as many as nine first-team players, including Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois who may not sign new contracts if Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Both Hazard and Courtois have been linked to Real Madrid.
As to the other players at risk of leaving the west London club, they are Cesc Fabregas, Pedro Rodriguez, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi and Kurt Zouma.
Of those names, Giroud is surely the least at risk having only arriving in January on an 18-month contract. Yet, what seems clear is that Chelsea have no intention of keeping the former Arsenal forward around for longer.
What about Antonio Conte?
Chelsea fans may want to take the Telegraph’s update with a pinch of salt.
Perhaps the biggest issue for the Blues this summer concerns Antonio Conte.
The Italian has been tipped to leave Chelsea at the end of the season.
Surely any changes to the playing staff will only be confirmed once the club sort out their manager for 2018-19.