If Leicester and Manchester United beat Bournemouth and Southampton respectively, Chelsea could on Monday slide precariously down to fifth position on the English Premier League.
With just three games remaining for each team, the battle for Champions league slot can never be more intense.
On Saturday, Sheffield United dealt a major blow to Chelsea’s chances of a Premier League top-four finish by thrashing the Blues 3-0 at Bramall Lane. The same day Liverpool’s long winning run at Anfield came to an end in a 1-1 draw with Burnley.
Sheffield United are also eying the top four themselves as they moved within five points of fourth-placed Leicester..
David McGoldrick’s long wait for a first Premier League goal came to an end when he was quickest to react after Kepa Arrizabalaga saved Oli McBurnie’s deflected shot to put Sheffield ahead.
More slack defending from the Chelsea then allowed McBurnie a free header to double the hosts’ lead.
Lampard sent on Antonio Rudiger at the start of the second-half, but the German international did little to improve Chelsea’s defending as his attempted clearance from Lys Mousset’s cross only teed up McGoldrick to score his second 13 minutes from time.
“They were better than us, physically, in the mind and with the ball. So you lose the game,” said Lampard.(goal.com)