Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink predicts where Chelsea FC will finish this season

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says Chelsea FC are primed to finish in the top four this season

Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri (Photo: The Sport Review)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is tipping Chelsea FC to finish in the top four this season and secure qualification for next term’s Champions League.

The Blues are aiming to break back into the Champions League qualification spots this term after they ended up in fifth place in the table under Antonio Conte last term.

They are facing an intense battle with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United as the race for the final two Champions League qualification spots hots up.

Chelsea FC will face a stern test of their top-four hopes on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Anfield to take on table-toppers Liverpool FC.

However, former Chelsea FC star Hasselbaink seems to be convinced that the Blues will be able to finish in the top four this season.

Speaking in an interview with bwin, Hasselbaink said: “I think Chelsea will finish in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.

“They’re in a good position following the win at West Ham and there’s signs they’re building momentum ahead of a very tough game against Liverpool this weekend.

“The side has looked a bit fresher, more determined and more direct in recent games. Chelsea are potentially hitting form for the crucial run-in while Manchester United and Arsenal are beginning to falter.

“Chelsea have a very difficult fixture away at Old Trafford, but I think they will be confident of achieving top four if they can get at least a draw at Anfield.

“Liverpool are gunning for the Premier League title so they will be determined to win a game that otherwise they might have been content to draw.

“Liverpool know that a defeat or even a draw is a disaster to their title chances and that could play into Chelsea’s favour. Chelsea have players who are more than capable of taking advantage of those gaps. A draw would be a good result.”

Chelsea FC will return to Europa League action on Thursday night when they host Slavia Prague in the return leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash after having won the opening leg 1-0.

The west London side won the FA Cup and finished fifth under Conte last season before Maurizio Sarri was brought in as his replacement.

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