Conte urges his team to beat Liverpool to keep top four hopes alive

Chelsea face Liverpool this Sunday at Stamford Bridge in what is a win or bust fixture for the Stamford Bridge club if they are to have any chance of pulling off an unlikely top four finish this season.

Antonio Conte’s sides chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season had looked dead and buried just a few weeks ago. However, through a combination of the Blues winning three games on the spin, as well as third placed Liverpool and fourth placed Spurs dropping points recently, Chelsea remain hopeful of making it into the top four.

The Stamford Bridge club currently sit six points behind Sunday’s opponents with a game in hand, meaning that if they win this weekend and then defeat Huddersfield they will draw level with Jurgen Klopp’s men heading into the final weekend of Premier League fixtures, albeit with a far inferior goal difference.

Chelsea also sit five points behind London rivals Spurs and will be hopeful Mauricio Pochettino’s side drop points over the course of their upcoming fixtures.

Speaking to the press ahead of his sides crunch Super Sunday encounter, Conte conceded that his team have a difficult task on their hands, although they must do everything to win in order to keep their hopes of sneaking into the top four alive.

“This could be a good opportunity for us. But as I said a lot of times, in the last three games, if we want to keep the hope alive, we have to win. We have to get the three points,’’ Conte said.

“As you know, Liverpool are a good team. It won’t be easy. But, if we want to keep the hope alive, we have to try to win and get three points on Sunday.

“Now, our target and focus is to finish in the best possible way and try and fight for a place in the Champions League. It won’t be easy as the situation is not in our hands, but we have to try. The only way we can is to start by getting three points against Liverpool. Then we will see what happens.”

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