Chelsea were beaten 5-2 by West Bromwich Albion on Saturday to blow the top-four race wide open.
The Blues were looking to secure a 15th unbeaten game in succession since Thomas Tuchel took the reigns in west London and took the lead through Christian Pulisic.
However, Thiago Silva’s red card after 29 minutes was the catalyst for Chelsea’s collapse as they went on to concede five goals against a Baggies side that had won just three times all season prior to visiting Stamford Bridge.
As a result, Tuchel’s side have given the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, West Ham United, and Everton encouragement over that final Champions League spot.
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We are now well and truly at “the business end of the season” with Chelsea having eight games to go in their race for a top four finish. The Blues are also battling in the FA Cup and Champions League too so an already hectic season will have an equally hectic ending.
Here is how the fixtures are all shaping up for the top four contenders, with three spots likely up for grabs barring a catastrophic collapse from Man City, who lead the table by 17 points.
Chelsea face lowly Crystal Palace in their next fixture before a big clash on the opposite side of the capital.
The visit to West Ham on April 24 could be a defining match for both sides before what looks like a very tough end to the campaign for Tuchel and his players.
They need to bounce back at Selhurst Park in the league to tighten their grip on a top four spot.
Thomas Tuchel looks on during Chelsea’s defeat to West Brom
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10/04 – Crystal Palace (A)
20/04 – Brighton (H)
24/04 – West Ham (A)
01/05 – Fulham (H)
08/05 – Man City (A)
12/05 – Arsenal (H)
15/05 – Leicester City (H)
23/05 – Aston Villa (A)
The Reds saw off West Ham 1-0 at Old Trafford in the league last…