Chelsea manager Frank Lampard played down suggestions his side are the favourites for the fourth-place finish despite convincing 4-0 victory over Everton on Sunday.
Chelsea managed to keep the distance from chasing packs of Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United with the three points at Stamford Bridge.
But Lampard is wary of the three-point gap between Chelsea and fifth-placed Manchester United, and his side’s inconsistencies.
Lampard told FourFourTwo: “There’s still a long way to go. It may look like a small cushion from fifth now but we have to fight to the end.
“It is in our hands and when I said we were underdogs before, I was looking at the bigger scene. I’m not going to say we’re favourites now.
“There’s a lot of work to be done, and we have to fight the inconsistencies to get the points. It doesn’t feel to me like we’re favourites now.”
Despite staying in fourth place for quite some time now, Chelsea are only eight points away from 10th-placed Arsenal. And as things stand, it looks likely that the battle for the Champions League spot will keep dragging on until the very end.
Lampard also had his say on Manchester United recent good performances.
He told West London Sport: “Manchester United are in great form themselves. Their impactful acquisitions in January have given them a nice spring in their step, so they’re going to challenge.
“So are quite a few teams. It’s still close. We have to fight until the end for it.”
On paper, Chelsea biggest tests for the remaining fixtures will be Manchester City (home), Sheffield United (away), Liverpool (away), and Wolverhampton (home).