It was all doom and gloom that surrounded Chelsea a couple of weeks ago with Sarri seemingly having fallen out with his squad as the club seemed to be on a nose dive down the table. However, things are looking very different for the Blues now after they managed to take maximum points in two London derbies against Spurs and Fulham.

The result against Tottenham Hotspur in particular as rejuvenated their hopes of finishing in the top four as it now looks like the third and fourth spots are up for grabs with Spurs, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea vying for them. Chelsea now find themselves five points behind Spurs and two points off United.

Blues defender Antonio Rudiger has fired a warning shot at their rivals, insisting that they have now found the right balance between defence and attack. The German also said that qualification for next season’s Champions League is now in Chelsea’s hands.

Speaking to the Mirror, the 26-year-old said, “We have things in our own hands now. It depends only on us. We can play ­different styles but it’s always best to find the golden middle. That’s the ­difficult thing.

“We have now found a balance. It is a learning curve for the coach as well,” he said. “He learned from that game against Manchester City. There we went to press, we wanted to win the ball, and ­everyone knows what happened.

“Now everyone has adapted. People saw the way we played against Tottenham and against Manchester City (Carabao Cup final). It was different from the way we played in the first three months. How we play depends on the coach.

“He gives the tactics before the game and the players follow. Against Spurs and City it went well.”

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