Simply put, Tottenham can only secure Europa League qualification for next season if Chelsea help them out.
Spurs fans will hate to admit it – but they could really use a favour from their arch rivals between now and the end of the season.
The race for the Europa League spots looks set to go down to the final day (and beyond) following Wolves’ 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Monday night – which put them in control of sixth place.
Win their final match of the season and Europa League football for Wolves is guaranteed. But guess who that game is against? Chelsea.
With Spurs loitering just one point behind Wanderers ahead of a favourable trip to Crystal Palace on the final day, Jose Mourinho will no doubt be rooting for his former club to take points off Nuno Espirito Santo’s men this Sunday.
Due to their goal difference, a point will take Spurs above Wolves if Chelsea can beat them on the final day, while victory for Tottenham at Selhurst Park would do the job if the Blues can get a draw.
And that’s not all. If Wolves do beat Frank Lampard’s side at Stamford Bridge, Tottenham will find themselves rooting for the Blues twice within one week.
After Sheffield United’s defeat to Everton, Tottenham will not finish any lower than seventh – and that could yet secure Europa League football. But only if Chelsea beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final on August 1.
That’s because winning the FA Cup comes with a Europa League spot – which Chelsea would not need, given they are guaranteed to finish in the top six.
If Chelsea win the final, the Europa League place would be added to the league table, meaning seventh place would qualify.
However, with Arsenal likely to finish outside the top six, the Gunners would qualify for the Europa League by winning the FA Cup, meaning no European football for seventh place in the Premier League.
Mourinho helped Chelsea out by beating their top-four rivals Leicester 3-0 on Sunday – now it’s time for that favour to be returned.