Relief for Chelsea in top-four race but Mendy injured

Chelsea faces Manchester City in the Champions League final where it will at least have the comfort of knowing it does not need to win to confirm a return to the competition next season.

Mendy was replaced at halftime on Sunday after sustaining a knock while trying to save Bertrand Traore's goal.   -  REUTERS

Chelsea breathed a sigh of relief after claiming a top-four spot on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday but it was given a scare when goalkeeper Edouard Mendy suffered an injury, six days before the Champions League final.

Mendy was replaced at halftime in the 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa after sustaining a knock while trying to save Bertrand Traore's goal.

"It is easy to handle (but) he fell into the frame of the net. He feels a big pain in his ribs," Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said.

"We will have an update tomorrow with what's going on. We will see if it is possible and if it is possible, we will push to do everything so he is in goal on Saturday."

Chelsea faces Manchester City in the Champions League final in Porto where it will at least have the comfort of knowing it does not need to win the trophy to confirm a return to the competition next season.

ALSO READ | Rodgers proud of Leicester players despite missing Champions League berth

That would have been the case had Leicester City beaten Tottenham Hotspur but it lost 4-2 at home. Even so it was an unsatisfactory way for Chelsea to scramble into fourth place.

"We are lucky that Tottenham did the job for us and finished the job for us today," Tuchel told reporters.

"We came to win and to put any doubts to the side but it was not possible. That it was possible to end in the top four even with a defeat was because of the team's hard work and consistently good results.

"We need to adjust details and we need to be spot on on Saturday as we want a positive outcome."

For more updates, follow Sportstar on :