English premier league 2020/2021 session:Liverpool, Chelsea Secure Champions League Football slots

Chelsea pipped Leicester to a spot in next season’s Champions League despite losing to Aston Villa on the final day of the Premier League season.

The Blues had started the day in third spot, knowing victory over their mid-table opponents would guarantee a place in the group stage of Europe’s prestigious knockout club competition.

Thomas Tuchel’s side carved out the better chances but fell behind when Bertrand Traore’s attempt went in off the underside of the crossbar following Matt Targett’s corner.

Chelsea finished the game with 10 men after captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s straight red card for a foul on Jack Grealish, but Leicester’s home defeat by Tottenham means Tuchel’s side finish the season in fourth on 67 points – one more than fifth-placed Leicester.

Liverpool claimed the third positions on the final day of the season while Leicester ended the campaign out of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) spot.

The Reds defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 to complete an improbable surge to a UCL spot while Chelsea wriggled despite losing 1-2 at Aston Villa.

Jamie Vardy’s double penalties gave the former EPL champions the lead but Harry Kane and a Kasper Schmeichel own goal leveled for Spurs on both occasions before a Gareth Bale double sealed an unlikely victory for the visitors.

Jurgen Klopp’s side ended the season with 69 points, two more than Chelsea who claimed the fourth position while Leicester secured the fifth position.

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