With Liverpool having also dropped points earlier in the day, a four-point gap has now opened up between us and the Reds, with West Ham a point better off than Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Those who pore over the remaining fixtures have noted Chelsea’s difficult run-in, with Champions League and FA Cup knockout football still to play, but Chilwell sees only exciting occasions ahead. Our trip to Real Madrid for a European semi-final next week is the sort of game every player hopes for, according to the defender.
‘This is the reason I came to Chelsea,’ he explained. ‘You want to be playing in so-called cup finals every week when you’re challenging for the top four. We also have a semi-final against Read Madrid, which is the stuff you dream about as a kid, and then an FA Cup final.
‘We’re all very excited because every week there’s an important game and we’re challenging for silverware. These are the games you want to be playing in so we’re very happy to be where we are. It’s a chance to win two competitions so emotionally and physically we’re very ready for the final push.’