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Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw by Norwich at home on Sunday and forward Andre Schurrle admits the failure to win their final match of the season at Stamford Bridge has ended any lingering hopes of claiming the title.
The Blues’ title hopes will be over if either Liverpool win at Crystal Palace on Monday or Manchester City beat Aston Villa on Wednesday, and Schurrle concedes his side are now destined for a third-placed finish.
“We’re disappointed, we wanted the win so much,” Schurrle told the club’s official website.
“It was our last match at home and, with a win, we still had hopes for the title. Now we are third and we’ll probably stay there.”
Liverpool are 1.34 to win at Palace on Monday, while City are 1.11 to take all three points when Villa visit on Wednesday.
Chelsea are a point adrift of both Liverpool and City but their two title rivals have a game in hand and as such the Blues’ hopes could be over before they contest their final match of the season at relegated Cardiff on Sunday.
If Chelsea do miss out on the Premier League crown it will mean manager Jose Mourinho has failed to deliver a trophy in his first season back with the club, having landed six titles in his first spell between 2004 and 2007.