CHELSEA face a difficult encounter with Wolves at Stamford Bridge on Sunday but will be buoyed by their Europa League exploits.
That is the view of former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson, who says that their continued progression in Europe gives them a buffer of sorts in the Premier League.
The Blues are fighting Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham for the two remaining Champions League places in the league.
While victory over Brighton in their game in hand would see them move above United into fourth spot, the race is sure to go right down to the wire.
But with a place in the competition available for the winner of the Europa League as well, boss Maurizio Sarri has another option available to him should they fail in the Premier League.
A 3-0 win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday in their last-16 first leg all but assured Chelsea of a place in the quarter finals.
And they are the bookies favourites to win the competition ahead of the likes of Arsenal, Napoli, and serial winners Sevilla.
Person thinks that their continuing progress in Europe will ease the pressure in the league.
And the Sky Sports pundit thinks that the Blues will beat Wolves 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
“It’ll be an interesting game”
“It’ll be an interesting game,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Chelsea will have played in the Europa League and compare that to Wolves, who will have had a week’s break.
“Chelsea need to win this for the top four, but if you’re not getting in there, you have to make sure you’ve got a nice buffer for the Europa League places and they need to keep in both at the moment.”
Sarri will be pleased to have star man Eden Hazard fresh for the clash after resting him completely against Dynamo Kiev.
N’Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger were also rested and should come back into the side.
Ahead of the game, Sarri said: “I think we can gain the spot in the Champions League in the Premier League.
“We are fighting. We are only two points away, at the moment, and have to play one match in hand.”