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Huddersfield survive after battling draw at Chelsea

10 May 2018
Huddersfield survive after battling draw at Chelsea

Three quick thoughts from Chelsea's 1-1 Premier League draw vs. Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Like fellow promoted sides Newcastle and Brighton, it'll be down to finding a fine striker if the next step is coming next season.

The Reds will take on holders and 12-time winners Real Madrid in Kiev at the end of the month and Henry, the head of Fenway Sports Group, is looking forward to attending the match in Ukraine. "We have to try to do our best".

Earlier in the tie, the away side had taken the lead against the run of play, with their opener having a large slick of luck involved in it as well. We did it with our result, in this week with situation wasn't in our hands before this game and, for sure, the possibility is less now after this game.

On a scorching afternoon in the capital it required a great deal of commitment to ensure Chelsea saw the game out, and the players responded by giving their all, with eight of the 11 starters covering over 10 km in the Bank Holiday heat.

Huddersfield make three changes Philip Billing, Rajiv Van La Parra and Laurent Depoitre all coming in. We weren't able to do this.

'I think every team deserve the points on the table. We have so many experiences, the play-offs, the final, some very big dips in the season, five defeats in a row.

Although Hazard and Olivier Giroud were named on the bench, Conte denied he was prioritising next weekend's FA Cup final against Manchester United.

It was a gloomy night for Chelsea and their manager Antonio Conte, whose future at the club remains the subject of much conjecture, as they remained fifth in the Champions League race on 70 points. Rotating means players like Morata, Willian, Christensen playing... People said that lineup was not good, but we won.

'We must respect Huddersfield's plan.

"Hopefully they all came through the game then one week is fantastic. They want to go back by coach", said Town boss David Wagner, who had a clothing mishap as he was hoisted aloft by his players.

"It is an unbelievable achievement by this football club and we have done what we needed to do ourselves - this was so important for me, that we were not relying on anybody else for help".