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Pardew: Newcastle clash with Chelsea crucial to Champions League ambitions

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew knows Wednesday night's trip to Chelsea could decide the Toon's fate with regards Champions League qualification. They head into their trip to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday still sitting in fifth place, level on points with Tottenham and one better off than the Blues.

Pardew said: "Although we are a point above Chelsea, we are certainly the outsiders. But Wednesday night is a key night, I think.

"Tottenham have to go to Bolton and we play Chelsea and it might be just down to two after that - but then again, it might not be, so we will have to wait and see.

"I just think you have to put it into the perspective of the season we have had.

"To be, with three games to go and regardless of what fixtures they are, a point above Chelsea and level with Spurs is just outstanding.

"We would have settled for that at the start of the season, for sure."

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