Here is your Chelsea morning digest for Monday, May 3.
Klopp talks Chelsea and Arsenal nightmare
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has touched on the nightmare scenario that could see his side miss out on Champions League football EVEN if they finish fourth.
Chelsea and Arsenal are both one game away from European finals, and should Tuchel and Arteta lift the Champions League and Europa League respectively come the end of the season, UEFA ruling would dictate Liverpool would be ruled out of Champions League action next season – regardless of where Chelsea and Arsenal finish domestically.
“It is not nice if you are fourth and then you get kicked out because of another team winning the Champions League. That’s not cool,” Klopp said, as per the Daily Mail. “These are the rules at the moment so we have to accept them and if they are wrong, then we have to change them.
Instead, Klopp claimed he would prefer simply allowing six English sides into the Champions League at once, meaning no one who finished within the top four misses out.
“There is a good chance again of having two all-English finals in Europe. That makes it really tricky. You could end up with six teams (qualifying) in the Champions League.
“I have no problem with that. I would love it.”
To hear Jurgen Klopp’s full thoughts, click here.
Zidane gives second-leg hint
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane made no attempt to hide where his priorities lie ahead of his sides trip to West London on Wednesday, resting a number of key players during Los Blancos 2-0 win over Osasuna.
Vital midfield duo Luka Modric and Toni Kroos with both treated to a well-earned rest, with both spending the entire 90 minutes on the bench as unused substitutes with the semi-final second leg at Chelsea at the forefront of the Madrid manager’s mind.
For lengthy periods of the game, it looked as if Zidane’s decision would prove costly for Real’s pursuit of the La Liga title, before two goals in four minutes from Eder Militao and Casemiro handed their side all three points.
“There are loads of games. Luka and Toni were rested today and that’s very important,” Zidane told reporters.
Zidane’s admission that it was “important” to rest Modric and Kroos is a major hint in regards to his team selection at Stamford Bridge.
To read the full story, click here.
Varane avoids injury scare ahead of Stamford Bridge trip
The last thing Real Madrid needed ahead of their second-leg clash away at Chelsea was another injured defender, after having to endure the first-leg without skipper Sergio Ramos.
Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane will already be without right-back Dani Carvajal for the trip to Stamford Bridge, and Madrid fans were left sweating after Raphael Varane was replaced at half-time of Real Madrid’s 2-0 La Liga win over Osasuna on Saturday night.
However, Zidane eased fears over the severity of Varane’s injury, “We hope Rafa’s [Varane] injury isn’t too serious, but right now I can’t tell you anything,” Zidane told reporters. “I spoke to him and he told me it wasn’t too serious and I hope that’s the way it is.”
“We have to enjoy today’s win and then we’ll move our focus to Wednesday.
“Let’s just focus on today’s game. We’re pleased to get the three points. I’m pleased for my players and with the effort they’ve made.”
To find out the full extent of Varane’s injury, read more here.
Source by Football London