Chelsea's Hazard setting sights on top four finish

"Today was a must-win game against a really good team, but it was a good game and a great show of will to keep our hope of finishing in the top four alive", Conte said. It has always stood at the top, it's just the biggest.

Asked if it was important if he won it without Messi in his side, he said: "Of course, if you have Messi, you have an excellent player to help you be better".

"It's fantastic", added the 60-year-old.

"When I came on loan [from Mainz last summer], I wanted to play well and I wanted to stay".

"I am very, very excited to go to the Champions League final".

Liverpool's bold approach to the Champions League this season has contributed to a more attacking emphasis in the competition's decisive rounds. They deserve this type of game and this win.

Fifth-placed Chelsea, who play Manchester United in the FA Cup final later this month, are playing catch-up in the bid to qualify for the Champions League.

A 1-0 defeat at Chelsea, to Olivier Giroud's first half header, means the Reds must win against Brighton on next Sunday's final day to guarantee their place in the Premier League top four. We'll see. The public is with me, I love my teammates, my family is doing well here. "We all work together and when we play this kind of game, it is a good feeling after the game".

Huddersfield on the other hand, have been handed a major boost as their star player Tom Ince has returned to full fitness for the visitors and now could start the game for Terriers.

On the right side of the Liverpool defence, Alexander-Arnold needs to be backed up from the right-sided central defender, but Dejan Lovren is not the kind of character to bark out orders and organise a defence. I've never had fear of facing those kind of teams, but respect - and I still have that.

Victor Moses was also impressive in both facets of his game.

After his fine performances against Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals, Alexander-Arnold looked vulnerable in the second leg against Roma last Wednesday night. It was a massive point.

Ultimately the gameplan worked but through it all some familiar issues that have plagued Chelsea all season were evident once again.

"We are talking about a player with great experience, an worldwide player".

However, Allegri will talk to Juve bosses once the season is over to discuss ending his time in Turin, with a number of clubs interested in prising him away, notably Arsenal and Chelsea.

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