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The Terriers drew at Manchester City on Sunday and claimed another point at City's predecessors as champions to guarantee their top-flight status for a second successive season.

A goal against Newcastle from Harry Kane on 50 minutes secured Tottenham Champions League football for a third successive season.

After a disappointing season and overall performance, Chelsea has now turned its attention to the FA Cup, and after the season they've just had, their chances at qualifying for next year's Champions League is looking very unlikely.

A point at home to Brighton on Sunday will be enough to secure a top-four finish, after which all eyes turn to Kiev.

"It can happen in the past".

Spurs had appeared to be cruising towards a top-four finish a matter of weeks ago before a run of just one win in four matches gave Chelsea fresh encouragement. They were eliminated in the last 16 (of the Champions League) against Paris St Germain.

Chelsea this season under Conte were beaten in the Carabao Cup last four by Arsenal and Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.

"But it definitely has to be pretty soon to tell what's going on with the future of the club and so the players know where they are standing". Last season we won the league. At Burnley we won the rotation was good. "Now, probably, you can finish fifth and start with a bit of an advantage compared to when you finish 10th".

"They bring them in and out, but I don't think before the FA Cup you want to make any decision - it won't help the team", explained the Dutchman. But Guardiola has managed all of those variables and made this team one of the most successful in the history of the Premier League.

A dour Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said it was hard to explain a match where his side had 82 per cent possession and all the chances but still came away with a draw. "I think, at the beginning, we were thinking that the target was to stay up. The team deserve that and the fans need to see that at home".

"I'm the last person to judge the moment of the club. There must be other persons to see the situation, to judge the situation, to take the right evaluation after two years of work". The Italian, however, said he paid no attention to speculation.

"For sure, we worked two years and worked very hard to try to build something, to create a base", said Conte, who will confront Mourinho's Manchester United at Wembley in the Cup final next Saturday.

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