Until today, most of the talk has been about whether Arsenal would pip Tottenham for the 4th Champions League money slot, but as Saturday's results have demonstrated, there's now a strong possibility that both Arsenal and Spurs could qualify for Europe's top club competition next season - and that Chelsea, who 'stole' entry this season from Tottenham by their unlikely exploits against Barcelona and Bayern Munich, could well end up playing Thursday night football next season (much as they've done in the last few weeks, after having failed in the Champions League at the first hurdle).
And that's the rub - with a pile-up of fixtures to die for (literally), Chelsea's season could quickly go to pot. Losing today at Southampton, it's back to Stamford Bridge Monday for a difficult FA Cup replay against Manchester United, followed by home advantage against relegation-threatened Sunderland 6 days later.
Tottenham, on the otherhand, play only one game (next Sunday at home to Everton), before travelling to Stamford Bridge a week later. And with interim manager Benitez already moaning about fixture congestion (you'd really want this 'Mr (De)Motivator' in your corner, wouldn't you ?), it's not out of the question for Tottenham to get a result at the Bridge and cement a place in the top four (from which Chelsea would find it difficult to dislodge them). Arsenal, of course, are upping their game at the right time (as usual), and a 15th consecutive Champions League season seems almost inevitable.
Last season ended in Champions League heartbreak for Spurs fans at the expense of Chelsea, and what neutral would now begrudge swift revenge ? And, to add insult to injury, Tottenham could well end up winning the Europa Cup too. Meantime, Rafa continues to complain, and Chelsea fans expectantly wait for the Mourihno restoration.