Spurs do Chelsea a favour as Blues almost blow Champions League spot

They secured their place in next season’s competition by the skin of their teeth, with more than a little help from Tottenham

If not for Spurs’ 4-2 win at Premier League top four rivals Leicester City, Tuchel would have been left sifting through the wreckage of an almighty case of the chokes. 

Not that the German will not still be concerned by his side’s end-of-season form, which has seen them blow their lines in three of their last four games. 

It cost them last week’s FA Cup final; and but for Leicester’s own capitulation, defeats to Arsenal and here at Villa Park, we would be talking about a devastating collapse. 

Frankly, the likes of which, Chelsea managers often do not recover from. 

Tuchel may well have insisted top four was a ‘minimum’ not ‘maximum’ requirement when being parachuted in to save the season – but trying telling that to Roman Abramovich. 

Try explaining to Chelsea’s notoriously ruthless owner how third place turned into fifth on the last day of the season. 

That was precisely what Chelsea were looking at when Jamie Vardy fired Leicester into a 2-1 lead against Spurs seven minutes after half time at the King Power Stadium. 

At almost the same time, Anwar El Ghazi struck from the penalty spot to put Aston Villa 2-0 up after Bertrand Traore’s first half opener. 

It was a meltdown of spectacular proportions that required a Kasper Schmeichel howler and two late goals from Gareth Bale to ensure Chelsea could breathe easily at the final whistle. 

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