Chelsea's dogged defensive display in vital win exposes chinks in Liverpool's armour

07 May, 2018, 16:25 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Klopp pointed out that, while bookings are undesirable in themselves, referees are also wary of giving decisions in favour of those they think likely to dive.

The Spanish forward admitted that he is impressed by the form of Salah for Liverpool this season after making a switch from AS Roma during the summer.

"Obviously the other semi-final was a very different type of game to Liverpool's one, and both Madrid and Munich are very good teams, but Liverpool have no reason to scared of either if they meet them in the final". But then during the game, bang.

Chelsea host Huddersfield, who held champions Manchester City to a barren draw, on Wednesday. Yes, it is just one game where that did not happen but it has happened this week, and it was followed by another game against Chelsea where they did not link up as well as usual.

Giroud connected a Victor Moses' cross from the right, heading the ball home in the 32nd minute, to lead Chelsea to their fourth win in a row as the last season's champions remained in the hunt for qualifying for 2018-19 Champions League season. I saw Brighton against [Manchester] United and they don't look like an easy game, but it's football. "It is an intense period and if you want to be successful the decisions are made in the last part of the season".

In the spirit of the holiday that just past, May the 4th, there is "a new hope" for embattled Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and his side.

"I hate the result but the performance, it wasn't our best of the season but good enough to get a point here usually", Klopp told Sky Sports.

"One month ago it was impossible to imagine to arrive at the end and fight for a place in the Champions League", Conte said. "Now there is hope".

That doesn't matter. People have been talking about this Liverpool attack as being among the best front threes we have seen in European competition, but that is on the basis of them playing together as a unit. Our opponents are dropping points, but our vision is not in our hands. We have to try, though.

"We're putting pressure on the teams that stay ahead of us".



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