Antonio Rudiger retains Chelsea top-four belief


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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger believes they can still finish in the top four bit admits they must put together a strong run.

The Blues lie fifth, 10 points shy of fourth-placed Tottenham, with six games left of the 2017-18 campaign.

Chelsea slipped further behind Spurs on Sunday after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to West Ham despite dominating most of the clash. Cesar Azpilicueta put Chelsea ahead in the first half but they failed to take their chances and were made to pay when Javier Hernandez levelled after coming off the bench.

A trip to Southampton is next on the agenda for the defending Premier League champions before they take on Burnley, Swansea, Liverpool, Huddersfield and Newcastle.

Rudiger, who joined from Roma last summer, admits it will be tough to force their way into the top four but is refusing to give up.

“The thing is we have to start playing good football and winning games because if we don’t win games we cannot get in the top four,” he said. “We have to try and turn this around and finish the season on a high.

There’s no other way. We have to go to Southampton and do our thing.”

Chelsea are priced at 1.91 to win at St Mary’s, with Southampton available at 4.33 to pick up a crucial win. The draw can be backed at 3.60.

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