Jamie Carragher talks about the race for the last spot in the Premier League table between Chelsea and Manchester United – in order to qualify for the Champions League. So who will win?
“I think we know Liverpool are possibly too far ahead now to be caught in the title race so the real battle for the rest of the top sides is whether they secure Champions League football for next season,” Carragher told the special Chelsea v Man Utd Sky Sports Football Weekend Preview podcast.
“I think this one is a real big one. I don’t think it’s just about this season but both managers, young managers – certainly in their tenures at big clubs – I think they know it will have a big bearing on how they can do their job going forward.
“Champions League football means more money, you can attract more players, so it means they’re in a position then to have better seasons next season and also do a better job over the long term at the clubs they’re at.
“Chelsea, with the lead they have, being at home, if they could reverse the result they had at Old Trafford and get the win against Manchester United they might be in too strong a position to be caught, certainly by Manchester United.”
“I think it will be tough [to qualify for the Champions League if United lose],” he said. “They’ve got Man City in a couple of weeks, which is always tough for anyone. I know United have had some really big victories against Man City, certainly away from home, but their record at home against Man City is not great really.
It’s a clash between the two now, certainly. Buckle up, everyone.
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