Chelsea must mend bridges after Super League embarrassment

Yes they moved back into the Premier League top four – but a goalless draw at home to Brighton saw them fail to put significant distance between themselves and the chasing pack.

They are ahead of West Ham on goal difference alone ahead of the clash between the two at the London Stadium on Sunday, and just two clear of dethroned champions Liverpool, who could be the big winners when Thomas Tuchel and David Moyes go head-to-head.

Most annoying for Tuchel will be the fact that this was an opportunity to take advantage of slip-ups from their closest rivals over the weekend – West Ham having lost to Newcastle and Liverpool drawing with Leeds.

Instead it promises to be a nerve-jangling end to the season, leaving Chelsea’s Champions League ambitions hanging in the balance.

But if they were a little distracted on the night, it would be understandable.

Chelsea fans outside Stamford Bridge protest against the club’s involvement in the proposed European Super League / PA Wire

This match felt very much like a non-event.

Thoughts building up to it and during it were firmly focused on the European Super League, which was left in tatters by the time the teams entered the pitch for the delayed kick off.

Chelsea fans had congregated en masse outside Stamford Bridge to protest against the controversial breakaway competition.

The arrival of the team buses had been delayed.

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But chants of ‘We want our Chelsea back’ quickly turned into ‘We’ve got our Chelsea back’ as news filtered through of the club’s plans to abandon their involvement in the widely-condemned Super League.

Then came news of Manchester City’s decision to do likewise – and they even managed to confirm their plans before Chelsea’s stance was made official.

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