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Absolute bedlam as gutsy minnows Huddersfield ensure Premier League survival

10 May, 2018, 14:05 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Jubilant celebrations ensued and were to continue on the three hour, 45 minutes, near-200 mile journey back to Huddersfield.

Cesc Fabregas refused to shake the hand of David Wagner after Chelsea's 1-1 draw, but the Huddersfield boss did not hear what the midfielder was saying to him. "Listen, my body shape is not how it has to be".

The Terriers took an unlikely lead through Laurent Depoitre and despite severe pressure from the former champions, Huddersfield managed to hang on for a precious point.

But Huddersfield valiantly held on to survive ahead of Sunday's game with Arsenal.

"It's a bigger achievement than getting promoted", Wagner said. "To finish here with these games against City and Chelsea is unbelievable". Pep Guardiola's team also now has 31 wins, surpassing the previous record of 30 set by Chelsea last season.

'Individuals mentioned we had no likelihood, I can't criticise one among them as a result of they had been proper.

"We can not deny it would be nice to reach 100 (points)", City manager Pep Guardiola said.

Huddersfield showed Chelsea how to be clinical in front of goal when they sprang a counter-attack after Willian appealed for a free-kick. "It feels like another trophy for the football club".

After the match, which has left Chelsea on the verge of playing in the Europa League next season, Conte was confronted with questions about whether he would stay.


Lossl is only on loan from German side Mainz but has played every Premier League game for the Terriers this season and has proven an excellent signing.

Antonio Conte chose to make six changes to his starting lineup from the 1-0 win against Liverpool on Sunday.

"I'm realistic. I think at the end of the season you finish in the position that you deserve. We are fifth and we must accept this".

Chelsea applied vast pressure to the Huddersfield goal for the remainder of the clash and goalkeeper Jonas Lossl produced a stunning fingertip save to waft Andreas Christensen's header onto the post.

Conte made six changes, but insisted his side should still have prevailed. "It is stupid to talk about the rotation", he said.

The Blues' final fixture of the season is an away one, against Newcastle United.

He said: "Now it's not important".

'Now we have to focus on finishing this season. We played an intense game, with great desire to get three points.

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