Chelsea on Sunday wrapped up qualification for the 2019/2020 Champions League season after both Arsenal and Manchester United dropped points on Sunday.
It marks a return to Europe’s biggest club competition after a year of playing in the Europa League for Chelsea after they missed out on qualification during Antonio Conte’s final season on the bench in 2017-18.
The Blues cemented their position inside the top four at the weekend with a 3-0 victory over Watford, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuain all on target.
That win put them above Tottenham in third place, behind the two teams challenging for the Premier League title, Liverpool and Manchester City.
The two are assured of their presence in next year’s competition and Chelse’s qualification was made easier with Tottenham beaten by Bournemouth in a 1-0 defeat on Saturday while Arsenal and United were also frustrated by opponents situated firmly in the bottom half of the table to 1-1 draws on Sunday.
The Red Devils drew 1-1 with already relegated Huddersfield after throwing away an early lead, a result later mirrored by the Gunners who were held by lowly Brighton after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had given his side the advantage at the Emirates Stadium with a ninth-minute penalty.
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