Willian thinks “every game is a final now” for Chelsea as they bid to bring Champions League football back to Stamford Bridge next season.

Like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the Brazilian winger has earmarked qualification for Europe’s elite club competition as their main goal this season. Having missed out on the tournament last campaign owing to a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League, the west Londoners have ten remaining league matches to secure a top-four finish in the current campaign. While they remain sixth in the league table, they are only two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, with fifth-placed Arsenal just a point within reach, while the Blues also maintain a game in hand against their top-four rivals.

Their next assignment in the league is against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday yet apart from a top-four finish, Maurizio Sarri’s side could yet secure Champions League football next season by winning the Europa League. Chelsea appear headed in the right direction in Europe’s second-tier club competition as they currently hold a healthy 3-0 advantage over Dynamo Kiev heading into the second leg of their last-16 tie at Ukraine.

Willian, who scored a magisterial freekick against the Ukrainian side on Thursday, believes crunch time has now come at Stamford Bridge and the potentially season-defining stretch must drive the west Londoners to go for broke in every fixture they come into.

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“Now is the moment we have to win every game,” said the Brazilian in an interview posted on the club’s official website. “Every game is a final for us now and we have to go well in every game. We know our targets, we know what we want – we want to reach the top four, to stay there, and play Champions League next season.”

The Blues may return to the top-four as early as the weekend as a win over Wolves may take them above Manchester United, who play fellow Champions League hopefuls Arsenal.