Chelsea have secured their qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League after defeating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
The Blues needed just a point to secure a top four finish in the Premier League but it was a little more comfortable in the end with Frank Lampard’s men collecting a maximum return.
Both sides failed to find their rhythm during the first half-hour at The Bridge. The only half-chance fell to Chelsea’s Reece James but he could not direct his header on target.
The game finally took some direction in first half stoppage time. Chelsea were awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal and Mason Mount whipped his stunning effort into the back of the net.
Three minutes later, it was 2-0 when Olivier Giroud fired the ball home from close range. That goal very much put Chelsea into next season’s UEFA Champions League with visitors Wolves needing three second half goals to spoil the party.
It took Wolves 57 minutes to test home keeper Willy Caballero. Diogo Jota took aim from distance and the Argentine comfortably collected the ball.
Good goalscoring chances were again at a premium with Chelsea firing well wide on a couple of occasions. Tammy Abraham had The Blues’ one shot on target of the second half but his effort was ambitious and was never going to beat Rui Patricio in the Wolverhampton Wanderers goal.
Chelsea finish the campaign in fourth position after third-placed Manchester United defeated Leicester City 2-0 in their fixture.
All-in-all, it has been a successful campaign for new Blues boss Lampard. The Chelsea legend has guided his side to the knockouts of the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League and they have qualified for next season’s competition which was the minimum requirement. The South West Londoners also have an Emirates FA Cup final against Arsenal to look forward to next weekend.