Despite losing from Aston Villa by 2-1, Chelsea narrowly manages to seal the top four spot. However, Thomas Tuchel’s team might remain thankful to Harry Kane and Gareth Bale as their goals saved Chelsea’s season. But, for now, Chelsea will only try to concentrate on their upcoming finals against Manchester City in UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea had to play against Aston Villa at Villa Park with 10,000 supporters for the last day of the season. As a result, the pressure on the London side was immense, but they still created some early chances. Moreover, the Blues also had nine shots on Villa’s goal in the first 30 minutes of the match. However, the lack of a clinical finisher was visible once again as Timo Werner and Mason Mount fluffed their chances.
In the 43rd minute, Bertrand Traore’s well-worked effort resulted in a goal for the Midlands side.
In the second half, Aston Villa dominated the early stages and created a multiple chances. In the 52nd minute, Chelsea’s Jorginho committed a silly foul on Traore in the penalty box. Aston Villa’s Anwar El Ghazi didn’t miss his chance from the spot and scored the 2nd goal for his side.
After that goal, Chelsea showed a bit of urgency while going forward and scored their first goal in the 70th minute. But, at that moment, one goal wasn’t enough for the London side to secure a top-four spot.
On the other hand, Tottenham had other plans for Leicester City as Gareth Bale scored two crucial goals in the game. As a result of these goals, Chelsea managed to squeeze past a top-four spot, and Leicester City once again missed the chance to play in UCL.
How Thomas Tuchel and Dean Smith reacted?
Aston Villa’s manager showed his satisfaction and added that it was a flawless finish from his team for the end of the season. Moreover, he also complimented Emiliano Martinez and mentioned that he made some outstanding saves throughout the season. Lastly, he added that his team could compete with the best teams and be more creative.
Thomas Tuchel added that this game was the summary of Chelsea’s whole season. He also said that he’s happy with a top-four finish, but this defeat will hurt them for now.