Thomas Tuchel admits Chelsea were ‘lucky’ and must thank Tottenham Hotspur after they reached the Champions League.
The Blues lost 2-1 at Aston Villa on the final day of the Premier League season but Leicester’s 4-2 defeat to Spurs meant they banked fourth spot by a point.
Bertrand Traore’s first-half goal and Anwar El Ghazi’s penalty put Villa 2-0 up before Ben Chilwell grabbed a consolation.
Cesar Azpilicueta was sent off late on for lashing out at Jack Grealish but the Blues squeezed into the top four ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final with Manchester City.
Tuchel said: “We are lucky Tottenham did the job for us. We came to win and to put any doubts to the side and it was not possible.
“We need to adjust details and we need to be spot-on on Saturday if we are going to have a positive outcome.
“I knew three or four minutes before our game was over (that they had made the top four) because the game at Leicester was over a bit earlier and it was clear we were through.
“We did not prepare for the occasion today, we prepared for the match. It’s normally hard to create chances against Aston Villa but we created a lot.
“We are still a young team and we try to evolve and make them better. We needed many clean sheets to overcome this lack of composure and precision. Today we conceded out of nothing and made it hard to come back.”