Ian Wright surprisingly expects Chelsea to miss out on the Premier League top four despite their being in a more comfortable position than Liverpool and Leicester City.
As things stand, Chelsea sit third in the table with only a one-point cushion over both Liverpool and Leicester City.
For the Blues, their top-four fate is in their own hands. Win the final match against Aston Villa and they will secure a Champions League spot, regardless of Liverpool and Leicester’s results.
Wright, however, does not think Chelsea would finish the job due to their attacking issues.
“I think Leicester will beat Tottenham, Liverpool will beat Crystal Palace, and Aston Villa will beat Chelsea,” the former Arsenal striker told Premier League Productions’ The Kelly and Wrighty Show (via Optus Sport).
“Because we’re looking at the goals that they [Chelsea] are going to need and the [chances] that they are going to miss.
“With Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins, you can just see the Villa team causing them problems.
“You don’t know what Chelsea [would come up with], but one thing you know for sure is that Timo Werner will probably get offside a couple of times.
“[While] he’s still capable of assisting, he maybe will miss a couple of chances that they can’t afford.”
Even Thomas Tuchel himself has often spoken about how his team has often been disappointing in the final third. Werner, who has missed 18 big chances in the league this season (joint fourth-most), has certainly not been clinical enough.
The fact that Jorginho is currently leading Chelsea’s goalscoring charts with his seven penalty goals probably does not look good as well.
But since Tuchel arrived, Chelsea have collected more points than any other team aside from Manchester City — and they have done it without a prolific goalscorer.
Wright seems to underestimate how strong Chelsea could be defensively that they often did not need to score more than one goal to win.
That one goal could come from anywhere; a moment of individual brilliance, a set piece situation, or even from an opposition error.
This Chelsea team has been able to miss so many chances and still winning points because they kept 11 clean sheets in 18 league games under Tuchel.
They only need to keep another clean sheet and somehow find the net once in the 90 minutes on Sunday to finish the job. That doesn’t seem to be asking too much.