Chelsea 'keeping the hope alive' - Conte

Chelsea kept alive their hopes of overhauling Liverpool to finish in the Premier League's top four by edging out the Reds with an Olivier Giroud goal.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud's first-half header was enough to earn the three points for the home side.

Conte beamed: "One month ago it was impossible to imagine we'd arrive at the end to fight for a place in the Champions League".

"We are winning and our opponents are dropping points. We have to try to get three points to put pressure on the teams ahead of us".

Even if they don't finish in the top four, Liverpool can return to Europe's elite club competition by defeating Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 26.

Chelsea (69pts, plus 27) still have to play Huddersfield and Newcastle while Spurs (71 points, plus 36) take on Newcastle and Leicester, both at home.

Legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer introduced Chelsea's must-win match against Liverpool with his famous "Let's get ready to rumble!" catchphrase - and it seemed to rouse some new fight into the Blues as they defeated Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

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"Liverpool is a team who are very unsafe and if you leave a lot of space behind the defensive line their players are impressive the way they attack the space, but also playing through the lines and in their combinations".

They may not emerge victorious from this chase for Champions League football, but the chase is most definitely on.

"Excellent work for the goal, he was a threat throughout the game with his wing play and crossing".

'Yes I think it was a dive, was it? "That doesn't sound like a holiday trip for me". A 3-0 win then forget about Brighton and prepare for the final.

"Brighton is a very important game for us, but we've had a few of them in the past and they haven't been too bad". "I'm not sure", Klopp said. While Chelsea and Tottenham have the luxury of resting their players mid-week, Liverpool find themselves playing twice a week with a squad that is already missing Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain through injury.

The manager also spoke on Mohamed Salah's yellow card for a perceived dive after minimal contact from Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

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