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Pochettino dreaming of Europe after Chelsea win at Brighton

Chelsea coach Mauricio Pochettino says the 2-1 win over Brighton makes him dream of playing in Europe next season.

The Buccaneers made it hard for themselves but saw the game end on the South Coast after captain Reece James was sent off with a long period remaining.

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Two early goals from Cole Palmer and Christopher Nkunku put the London side in the driving seat before Danny Welbeck scored a late consolation.

This win puts Chelsea three points clear of Newcastle and Manchester United and three behind Tottenham going into the final day.

Should they get a point or more against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, their place in the Europa League will be guaranteed unless United beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

But Pochettino chooses to believe that his players are doing enough to play abroad next season.

He said: “There is always a lot of competition, the Premier League is the toughest league in the world.

“Full credit to the players, we fully deserved to win, that's why I'm happy and it makes us dream of playing in Europe next season.

“We have to think about recovery and keep the mentality of winning and see what happens.

“The most important thing is to believe and play and the games and results are really good.

“We dominated from the beginning against a team that is not easy to play, that's why we are proud and happy. Group evolution is there. “

Argentina were also asked about VAR, which played a major role at the Amex on Wednesday night.

Chelsea were denied a penalty after a review and James' red card was flagged after the referee was told to look to the side of the pitch.

Clubs will vote on the future of VAR next month after Wolves tabled a proposal to remove it from the top flight.

He continued: “Next season we have to see if we can improve the way we use VAR.”

“For me it doesn't come or go, it's about improving the way we use it.

“It would be amazing to have it right and VAR would be a great tool to help the referees and us.”

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