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Why Chelsea is Likely to Miss Next Season's Champions League competitions (Opinion)

Since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel as the successor of Chelsea's Legend Frank Lampard as head coach at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea has been on a high as far as their league and champions league performances are concerned. Chelsea has received praises from fans and critics, proving that the last summer record signings were worth it.

Chelsea has only suffered one loss since Tuchel's arrival which was the 5-2 thrashing by West Brom that was an underdog in the fixture. However, Chelsea came back stronger and knocked out Manchester City from the FA semi-finals by a solitary goal by Hakim Ziyech. It also knocked out Porto to reach the Semifinals of the UEFA Champions League, which it has already drawn 1-1 with Spanish giants Real Madrid during the first leg.

At the moment, everything seems to go Chelsea's way with the current unbeaten streak complimenting the form of the Chelsea players. But a look at the 2020/21 calendar of the Blues for the remaining fixtures is nerve-racking for both the fans and the players.

In the league, the next upcoming match for the blues is against Manchester City which is a formidable force and will obviously be hunting for revenge after Chelsea knocked it out of the FA semi-finals. From football critics, Chelsea's fate in the match against Man City has already been sealed; that they are bound to lose the game. Come rain, come sunshine.

After Man City, Chelsea is to face their London rivals Arsenal. Although one can argue that Arsenal is currently on poor form in the league, they cannot be a team to be underestimated and Chelsea must be more than prepared if they want to squeeze a win from Arsenal. What makes this a more difficult match for Chelsea is that Arsenal has received huge injury boosts after Aubameyang and Ødegaard returned to the squad. A loss for Chelsea is likely, but the game is pretty much unpredictable like the last time they met.

Leicester City is the second last opponent of Chelsea this season and from the recent goal-scoring form of Kelechi Iheanacho and the return of James Madison, this will not be an easy game for the Chelsea defense. A loss for Chelsea (according to me) is highly likely because Leicester too will be fighting to book a place in the Champions League next season. They will be cautious enough and critical at the same time during this game because they obviously don't want a repeat of what happened to them at end of last season.

Lastly, Chelsea will play Aston Villa which this season has been a lethal threat to every team in the league. The Aston Villa defense pretty much makes up for the whole team's performance this season, with their shot-stopper Emiliano Martinez proving to be a force to reckon with. Aston Villa will also be fighting to play in Europa League next season and a win against Chelsea might just help them achieve that dream.

In conclusion, the teams above and below Chelsea in the top 6 have easier fixtures than Chelsea and if Chelsea fails to secure 6 points from the remaining four matches, then they are most likely to miss the Champions League next season.

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