Ben Chilwell gave an honest assessment of an Aston Villa defeat that was not as damaging as it could have been on Sunday afternoon.
The 2-1 reverse at Villa Park coupled with Liverpool winning their game meant we lost the third place in the league table in which we started the day but thanks to Spurs’ success at Leicester, we dropped down only one position.
It was Chilwell who scored the Chelsea goal after the home side had gone two ahead and he came the closest to adding an equaliser but ended up on the losing side.
‘We are in the Champions League next season so we have to be happy but we were nowhere near good enough,’ admitted the defender, who revealed
It was only in the final couple of minutes of the game that the players knew Leicester were heading for defeat so fourth place was ours.
‘So we were fighting for the whole of the second half just to get back into the game,’ he added.
‘We were angry with ourselves as we should have been winning the game.
‘You have to give Villa credit, it was their first game back here with the fans and they played really well and their fans were good for them.
‘We created chances the whole game but we did not put the game to bed when we should have, and it feels like they scored with two of the only chances they had, but they played well. Their keeper made a few good saves, we maybe should have had a penalty, but we weren’t good enough overall.
‘It has been a difficult long year for every team and we have managed to secure top four, not how we would have wanted, we were nowhere near our best, but we take it.’