Chelsea wins, Tottenham still in the title race
7 April, 2017, 12:00 am
LONDON – Chelsea ticked off three more points in their Premier League title quest with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Wednesday but Tottenham Hotspur’s Houdini-like 3-1 win at Swansea means the race is far from over.
With Chelsea leading fourth-placed City at an edgy Stamford Bridge courtesy of Eden Hazard’s first-half brace and Tottenham, who kicked off 15 minutes earlier, trailing 1-0 at Swansea, a decisive swing in Chelsea’s favour loomed.
However, Dele Alli’s 88th-minute equaliser for Tottenham followed by stoppage-time strikes from Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen means Chelsea’s lead remains seven points with eight games of the season remaining.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte described his side’s gritty victory as a “big win” but said 90 points may be needed before they can start celebrating.
“The Tottenham result is important but the most important was our result,” Conte, whose side rebounded from Saturday’s first home defeat since September against Crystal Palace, told reporters after becoming the first manager to do a league double over City boss Pep Guardiola.
“The best thing for us to think is that Tottenham could win eight games so to win the title we need 18 points.”
Joshua King’s late leveller for Bournemouth in a 2-2 draw at Anfield all but knocked Liverpool out of the title equation as they are 12 points adrift of Chelsea having played a game more. Goals by Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi either side of halftime had put Liverpool ahead after Benik Afobe struck early for the visitors but once again Juergen Klopp’s side dropped points against the supposed also-rans. With City, without a win in four games, a further two points back in fourth, Guardiola’s chief concern will be ensuring they keep above Arsenal and Manchester United in the scrap for qualification for next season’s Champions League.