West Ham won’t qualify for the Champions League because Thomas Tuchel has galvanised his “unbelievable” Chelsea side.
That is according to ex-Premier League shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider with West Ham in 4th place in the Premier League with seven games remaining.
Chelsea are a single point behind David Moyes’ side and have lost just once in the league since Tuchel‘s appointment in January.
That defeat was a 5-2 humbling at the hands of 19th-place West Brom at the beginning of April.
Chelsea were also beaten 1-0 by Porto in the Champions League quarter-final second-leg on Tuesday, though they did still qualify for the last four.
Whelan insists that the ex-PSG boss will have delivered a “rocket” to his squad after those defeats and that bodes well for Chelsea ahead of the run-in.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “With West Ham, you just never know. Whoever thought Leicester would win the league?
“Everyone thought they would fall away and it might be the same now with West Ham where they surprise everyone.
“Everyone thought they’d be gone from the race ages ago and look at them, still here.
“But Chelsea have lost a couple of times recently and that was the rocket that the manager needed to give the players.
“They’ve been unbelievable under the new manager but it couldn’t go on forever. That’s the worry for West Ham, really.”
The two sides meet at the London Stadium on 24 April in what is sure to be a pivotal fixture in both their seasons.
Chelsea triumphed 3-0 when they faced the Irons at Stanford Bridge in December.