Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is expecting his side to be fighting until the last kick of the season for a return to the Champions League.
The Blues took a huge step towards qualifying for the Europa League’s quarter-finals after beating Dynamo Kyiv 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their round of 16 clash on Thursday.
Winning the competition for the second time in six years would seal a return to Europe’s elite club competition for Sarri’s side next season.
However, finishing in the Premier League’s top four would also be enough for a return to the Champions League.
Chelsea currently sit in sixth place in the league standings, just two points behind Manchester United and a point behind Arsenal, who play each other on Sunday.
Should they draw and Chelsea beat Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow at Stamford Bridge, the Blues will move up to fourth, whilst having a game in hand against Brighton and Hove Albion on all of the teams around them, two matches that Sarri sees as make or break for their league season.
He said: “I think that we have two big opportunities, this match and when we play the match against Brighton.
“I think that we are fighting and I think we will be fighting for the top four until the last minute of the last match, so this match will be important to our future.”
Sarri’s side were beaten 2-1 at Molineux by Wolves in their previous meeting, a result which took place less than 72 hours prior to their infamous 2-0 home victory in the league over Manchester City before Christmas.