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Chelsea’s troubled season could still end on a high after Mauricio Pochettino’s side boosted their chances of European football with a 5-0 defeat to West Ham on Sunday.

The win at Stamford Bridge lifted Chelsea to seventh in the standings and two points behind Newcastle in sixth. Only the top six teams from the Premier League are guaranteed a place in Europe next season.

While Chelsea’s exorbitant spending under American owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital should put the 2021 Champions League winner back in contention for the biggest prizes, qualifying for Europe would mark progress after finishing in the bottom half of last year having finished the rankings and another season of contention this term.

After a morale-boosting 2-0 win against Tottenham on Thursday, Chelsea followed up by beating West Ham.

Nicolas Jackson scored twice in the second half after Chelsea raced into a 3-0 lead with goals from Cole Palmer, Conor Gallagher and Noni Madueke.


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James Robson, The Associated Press