Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says their rivals for Champions League spots have failed to take advantage of the “huge advantage” they have gained after an early elimination allowed them to focus on the race in top 4.
Chelsea have reached the final of the FA Cup, League Cup and Club World Cup, as well as the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and played more games than any other club in the Premier League this season.
Despite their tight schedule, Chelsea are firmly in third place in the table, five points ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and playing two fewer games. Arsenal and Manchester United are three points away.
Man City can recapture the top of the Premier League table from Liverpool with a win over Brighton on Wednesday as another title war between the two teams looks to be decided by the best margins.
In contrast, 22 points now separate Liverpool from sixth-placed Manchester United, who appear to be on the verge of appointing Ajax coach Erik ten Hag as their new coach.