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Potter remains confident of top four finish despite Chelsea’s current Premier League position



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Graham Potter has delivered his latest verdict on whether or not Chelsea can clinch Champions League qualification for next season.

Chelsea are currently in ninth place in the Premier League following their 0-0 draw to Fulham on Friday night at Stamford Bridge. They leapfrogged Liverpool who suffered a 3-0 defeat to Wolves, albeit Jurgen Klopp’s side do have a game in hand.

It sees Chelsea ten points off the pace behind Newcastle United in fourth place with 17 games left to play. Their run-in isn’t easy either, with away trips to West Ham, Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United still awaiting the Blues.

Potter’s side are now three unbeaten in the league (W1, D2), however goals are of huge concern after a run of just three scored in their last seven games in all competitions.

Injury absences are starting to make their returns while the new signings have given the Chelsea squad a much needed morale booster heading into the second part of the season.

It’s going to be a huge ask to finish inside the European qualification places, but Potter remains confident in his side.

Potter was quizzed over Chelsea’s chances of a top four finish and how confident he was. The 47-year-old replied: “I’m confident with the potential that we have, with the ability that is in the group. What we need to do now is gel the team. That’s the challenge.

“There’s a lot of football to play but at the same time I don’t want to waste too much time worrying about what we’re going to do in four months’ time, I want to focus on the next day, the next training session and the next game.”

The alternative avenue for Chelsea to play Champions League football next season is to win this season’s competition.

Chelsea head to Germany next Wednesday for the first leg of their Round of 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund, before they head back to west London for the return tie in March.

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