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Chelsea's CL success intensifies fight for 3rd

LONDON — Chelsea's unexpected passage through to the Champions League final has intensified the increasingly fraught fight for third place in the Premier League with just two weeks left in the campaign.

Before all eyes turn to Monday's crucial Manchester derby between the league's top two, Arsenal, Newcastle and Tottenham take the pitch knowing a fourth-place finish may no longer be enough to qualify for Europe's premier competition.

If Chelsea beats Bayern Munich on May 19 to capture a first Champions League title, the team that finishes fourth will play in next season's Europa League

Arsenal looked sure of securing third but picked up just one point from two home matches last week to give in-form Newcastle and out-of-sorts Tottenham renewed hope.