How Chelsea’s Win Over Tottenham Affected the Race for European Places in the Premier League

How Chelsea’s Win Over Tottenham Affected the Race for European Places in the Premier League

Joel Reyes
May 3, 2024 at 8:12 AM
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  • Chelsea defeated Tottenham Hotspur to bolster their hopes of qualifying for Europe next season
  • The Blues moved up to eighth place in the Premier League table with their 2-0 victory over Spurs
  • Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League places are still up for grabs

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Chelsea's quest to grab a place in Europe next season got a major boost on Thursday when they defeated Tottenham Hotspur in their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.

Trevoh Chalobah and Nicolas Jackson scored the goals for the Blues, who moved up to eighth in the league table.

Sports Brief looks at how the Blues' victory affected the race for European places in the English top flight.

Chelsea, Tottenham, Son Heung-min, Noni Madueke, Nicolas Jackson.
Chelsea's Noni Madueke celebrates their win against Spurs; Tottenham's Son Heung-min looks dejected as they lose to Chelsea. Images: GLYN KIRK/ Ryan Pierse.
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Battle for European places in Premier League

Team

Matches Played

Goal Difference

Points

1. Arsenal

35

+57

80

2. Manchester City

34

+50

79

3. Liverpool

35

+41

75

4. Aston Villa

35

+21

67

5. Tottenham Hotspur

34

+13

60

6. Manchester United

34

+1

54

7. Newcastle United

34

+19

53

8. Chelsea

34

+6

51

9. West Ham United

35

-9

49

10. Bournemouth

35

-8

48

Champions League

Given the Premier League teams' struggles in Europe this season, only the top four clubs will be guaranteed a spot in the Champions League next season.

Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool have already secured their places in next season's Champions League. Aston Villa remain in prime position to finish fourth in the Premier League after Tottenham dropped points in their last two league matches, per The Guardian.

Villa hold a seven-point advantage over Spurs with three matches remaining in the former's schedule. Unai Emery's men will play Brighton, Liverpool, and Crystal Palace to close their league campaign.

Spurs still have four matches left this season, with Ange Postecoglou's men set to face Liverpool, Burnley, Manchester City and Sheffield United.

Europa League

The team that finishes fifth in the Premier League this season is guaranteed a spot in next season's Europa League, per Football 365.

Six points separate fifth-ranked Spurs and sixth-placed Manchester United in the standings with four matches remaining in their schedules.

The other Europa League spot will go to the winner of this year's FA Cup. The Red Devils will benefit from this if they beat Manchester City in the final.

If City beat United, however, in the final, the other Europa League spot will go to the sixth-placed team in the Premier League.

Newcastle United trail Manchester United by one point with four matches remaining in their league schedules.

Chelsea also have a shot at finishing sixth as they trail the Red Devils by just three points in the standings following Thursday's win over Tottenham.

Also in the mix for a Europa League spot are West Ham and Bournemouth.

Europa Conference League

If Manchester United wins the FA Cup, the sixth-placed team in the Premier League will earn a spot in the Europa Conference League.

If the Red Devils also end up in that position, the team behind them in seventh will get that place in the Europa Conference League.

Chalobah thanks Jesus with his goal celebration

Sports Brief recently reported on Trevoh Chalobah's goal celebration.

The Chelsea star scored his maiden goal in the Premier League in the first half of their game against Tottenham.

He lifted his shirt to share the message "Jehovah's Son" and "Thank You Jesus."

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.