Chelsea football club have become the third Premier League club to seal qualification to the 2019-20 Champions League after both Arsenal and Manchester United dropped points on Sunday.It marks a return to Europe’s biggest club competition after a year playing in the Europa League, having 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 Premier League title challengers Liverpool and Manchester City who have long known their presence in next year’s competition is guaranteed.
Manchester United played 1-1 at Huddersfield Town and as a result are out of the top four.
Tottenham too know that they are almost certain to be in the Champions League next season, although Arsenal still mathematically have a chance.
Three points clear of their north London rivals and with an advantage in goal difference of eight, only a heavy defeat at home to Everton and a simultaneous big win for the Gunners at Burnley would see Mauricio Pochettino’s charges relinquish fourth place.
Arsenal, meanwhile, may yet have another route open to the Champions League, if they finish the season as Europa League champions.