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Monday, March 10, 2014

LONDON - Quick-fire goals by Samuel Eto'o and Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea to a 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur yesterday that sent them seven points clear in the Premier League.

Eto'o put Chelsea ahead in the 56th minute and Hazard added a penalty four minutes later after Younes Kaboul had been sent off for a foul on Eto'o. Demba Ba added a late brace.

Eto'o's opener was gifted to him by Jan Vertonghen and both of Ba's goals also stemmed from errors, as Spurs' 23-year wait for victory at Stamford Bridge went on.

Chelsea now lead Liverpool and Arsenal by seven points, but both teams have a game in hand, while fourth-place Manchester City, who are nine points off the pace, have three fixtures to fulfil.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho continued to play down his side's title chances, saying: "I would prefer to be in Man City's position, because they have three matches in hand.

"We don't have control of our destiny. If we win all our matches, then maybe we are not champions. If Man City win their games, they are champions."

After Fernando Torres was injured in the warm-up, Eto'o came into the starting XI and he gave Spurs an early scare when he raced through and rounded Hugo Lloris, only for an offside flag to stop him in his tracks.

Hazard also took the ball past the Spurs goalkeeper moments later, but could only shoot wide, while at the other end, Nabil Bentaleb dragged wide from a promising position and Petr Cech saved from Sandro and Kaboul.

Spurs were very much in the game, but Vertonghen's blind pass 11 minutes into the second period enabled Eto'o to run through and score.

The Cameroon star celebrated with relish, referencing Mourinho's recent comments about his age by staggering towards the corner flag like an old man.

Kaboul's innocuous challenge from behind on Eto'o saw him dismissed and enabled Hazard to add a second, before Ba struck twice in the dying stages.

His first, in the 88th minute, saw him pounce after Sandro was unable to cut out a low cross from Oscar and a minute later a calamitous back header from Kyle Walker allowed the Senegalese striker to complete his brace.

Defeat left Spurs four points below fourth-place Manchester City, who have three games in hand on them, and manager Tim Sherwood was scathing in his assessment of his team's display.








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