– Chelsea are currently placed fifth on the standings with 43 points, two off fourth-placed West Ham United
– But even with 13 matches left to end the season, Wenger believes the Blues stand no chance of sealing a top-four finish at the end of the season
– The west Londoners are currently on a seven-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, picking 14 points from the available 18 in league matches
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Arsene Wenger has written off Chelsea’s chances of finishing among the top four teams in the Premier League this season.
The Blues have gone seven games without losing a game across competitions since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard late last month.
Tuchel has picked four wins and two draws in the process, with his side’s last outing on Saturday, February 20, against Southampton ending in a 1-1 stalemate.
Their impressive run of form has seen them moved to the fifth position on the Premier League table with 43 points – two behind West Ham United as the title race heats up.
The 14 points from the available 18 have seen Chelsea climb up the ladder on the standings and are currently placed fifth on the log with 43 points, two behind fourth-placed West Ham United.
However, despite the resurgence, Wenger contends the Stamford Bridge outfit will finish ‘a fraction short of top four.’ Mirror UK quoted Wenger saying:
“What’s a bit worrying for Chelsea is they were not at their best, which happens in this league, but you don’t feel a huge potential in there, not on the tactical side nor on the physical side nor on the aggressive side nor on the organisational side,”
“I looked at their number of points, on that run they will make 63 points. That could be a fraction short of the top four.
“I just think they made 43 points out of 25 games and on that average, it gets you to 63 and 63 usually you’re out [of the top four].”
The Blues are due to return to action on Tuesday night, February 23, when they will take on Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 fixture.
They will be desperate to pick a favourable result from the away clash to be played in Bucharest, Romania, for a chance to progress to the quarterfinals of the European elite competition.
Legit.ng earlier reported that ex-Atletico Madrid defender Felipe Luis still doesn’t understand why Jose Mourinho sold Mohamed Salah in spite of his incredible skills in training.
The Egyptian forward joined Chelsea from Basel in 2014 but only made 19 appearances, scoring two goals and four assists during his two-year reign at Stamford Bridge.
Before he was eventually offloaded in 2016, the 28-year-old had already been sent to Fiorentina and Roma on loan and by the end of the 2015-16 season, Roma signed him permanently.
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