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Chelsea all-but secured third place in the Premier League this season as they played out a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester.

Marcos Alonso’s fine volley in the first half brought the Blues level after James Maddison’s brilliant strike put the visitors in front.

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Alonso latched onto Reece James’ pass before expertly slamming the ball in on the volley

The Blues boast a three-point advantage on fourth-placed Tottenham going into the campaign’s final day, but a goal difference superiority of 18.

Christian Pulisic inexplicably missed a tap-in that would have mathematically sealed third place for the Blues with a game to spare.

The USA forward scuffed wide when it was far easier to score, and so Chelsea will confirm third officially in Sunday’s final match of the season against Watford at Stamford Bridge.

Todd Boehly was at Stamford Bridge again with a new era for the club on the horizon, despite the hiccup regarding the Chelsea sale earlier in the week.

However, Darren Ambrose doesn’t believe the future looks terribly bright for Chelsea once Roman Abramovich officially hands over the keys.

“I think these are worrying times for Chelsea,” Ambrose said on Drive. “I think they could struggle for the top four next season.


Time will tell on what success Boehly’s ownership will bring to Stamford Bridge

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Time will tell on what success Boehly’s ownership will bring to Stamford Bridge

But Ambrose believes it could be much harder for Chelsea to be one of the Premier League’s top teams in the future

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But Ambrose believes it could be much harder for Chelsea to be one of the Premier League’s top teams in the future

“I believe Tottenham will come good, I still think Arsenal will come strong again. They seem to back Mikel Arteta, they give him money.

“Leicester and West Ham, they will become stronger too.

“It’s a totally different club now. They’re not sacking managers left, right and centre. They’re losing some big players – Rudiger, to lose him is huge.

“I think they will struggle to make top four next season.”


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