Chelsea star Giroud tops Ronaldo as Europe's aerial king

Gary Cahill sits down on a nice seat

Cahil is targetting the World Cup Credit EDDIE MULHOLLAND FOR THE TELEGRAPH

Olivier Giroud's victor, headed home before half time, puts Chelsea two points behind Tottenham and three off Liverpool.

Three points behind Liverpool but with a game in hand, Chelsea still have to beat Huddersfield at home on Wednesday and Newcastle away on Sunday.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has resisted the urge to rest some of his bigger stars at Stamford Bridge with a top four place on the line. The Egyptian is now level with Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez on 31. The moment is important, the moment you arrive to play each game. Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino start as the front three as Chelsea's defenders face a tough test to keep those three out.

Gary Cahill and John Terry hold League Cup
Cahill and Terry formed a formidable partnership at the back for Chelsea Credit GETTY IMAGES

Equally, Conte pipping one of them to it, with an FA Cup final still to play against United, would represent yet another strong season.

Liverpool head to Chelsea on a high after reaching the Champions League final following their dramatic two-legged triumph over Italians Roma.

"Last season, City and Liverpool didn't win and I think their style was always the same".

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Spurs' surprise loss at relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion on Saturday opened the door for Chelsea to close the gap on the top four and they capitalized on that lifeline with an assured performance over the Champions League finalists. "This is the best way, in my opinion, to win something".

"Chelsea is a similar situation to the [Roma] game - fighting with all they have, they don't have anything to lose", Klopp told"If we draw it's not good for them; if we win it's not good for them".

Girous won the match for the Blues and Conte was quick to praise the Frenchman, he said: "He brought a personality, he's an worldwide player with a lot of experience and we needed this kind of player".

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Marcos Alonso returns for Chelsea after serving his three-game suspension and Danny Drinkwater is available again after recovering from a groin injury.

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