Chelsea have a massive game on Sunday in so many ways, failure to beat Aston Villa puts in doubt their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

We all know what that competition brings clubs – Great financial rewards, and also pulls in better transfer targets; two things that Chelsea will need badly if they are to close the gap on Manchester City next season.

If Chelsea don’t qualify for the Champions League on Sunday, they will then have to beat Manchester City in the final of this seasons competition next week. There is so much at stake.

But according to The Athletic, Champions League football is vital for Chelsea’s plans next season.

They are prioritising a new striker and centre-back this summer, but they will only be able to get the big names they want with Champions League football.

One interesting quote in the report says ‘the security of Champions League participation next season is only likely to make Roman Abramovich more comfortable with the notion of spending aggressively once again.’

All eyes on Sunday then!