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Tottenham beat 4-0 Watford at White Hart Lane and move ever closer to Chelsea in the league table, despite the Blues still obviously have one game in hand against Bournemouth.

Spurs are now only 4 points behind Antonio Conte‘s men, who will face the Cherries at Vitality Stadium today (5.30 BST).

Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Heung-min Son secured Mauricio Pochettino’s side an easy victory at home as they are trying to push their rivals all the way in the title race.

Next Premier League fixture sees Tottenham against Bournemouth at home, while they will play against Leicester City at the Kin Power Stadium on 23th of April before facing Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park after just three days.

Chelsea require a victory against Bournemouth if they want to maintain a seven-point lead at top.

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The Sun Sport: Eden for title – Hazard: we are close

The Daily Telegraph: Hazard at the double – Spurs’ late win keeps up pressure

 

 

The Daily Express: Back in the old routine – Hazard puts Blues on title track again

The Times: City floored by Hazard’s double striker

Mirror Sport: Dirty Diego – Chelsea march on but face losing Diego Costa for three games

 

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Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois made some crucial saves against Manchester City despite an unexpected goalkeeping error in Sergio Aguero’s equalizer at 25′ which ruined his great performance.

The Belgian star, when asked about Chelsea teammate and compatriot Eden Hazard, told Standard Sport: “Yes. Eden is one of the best players in the world. Chelsea have ambitions to win the Champions League again and always look to play for the title. If you want to do that, you need the biggest players and he is obviously a big part of that.”

It is understood Real Madrid are hoping they can sign Hazard in the next transfer window, but Courtois claimed: “Eden is not affected by it. They are just rumours. He is just calm. He knows that he is important to Chelsea, like I do”. 

“We are both very happy to be here. This was my 100th game for Chelsea and I hope for many more” added Courtois, who has been heavily linked with a move to La Liga too.

Hazard was named man of the match against Manchester City: “Eden is a great player and showed it again against Manchester City – Courtois added – It was a great first goal. His penalty was from the rebound, which reminded me a bit of what happened against Crystal Palace when we clinched the League two years ago. Hopefully it will go the same way”. 

“He is fantastic, but he works hard for the team too and did a lot defensively, which is what we need from him. I am very happy for him.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke after the game against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

“We played against the strongest team in Premier League, – the Italian manager said – A team with an important idea of football”.

“We bounced back from our last undeserved defeat against Crystal Palace and now it’s important to rest because we have to play another game [at Bournemouth] in three days”.

Tottenham won an incredible game against Swansea with a late turnaround from 1-0 to 1-3.

“Tottenham showed today that they can win every game and then we need to earn at least 18 points to be sure of the title”.

Then Antonio Conte has confirmed he’ll stay at Chelsea next season: “I don’t like when someone else speaks for me, now we are fighting gritting our teeth to win the title, then we will try to build something important in view of next season”.

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Chelsea star and man of the match Eden Hazard spoke after his side’s home win against Manchester City.

“It’s a big win, of course, – the Belgian star said after the game – I don’t know if the way we played was beautiful. But the most important thing is to win games”.

“The way we play can be better. But it was a good win against a great team. It’s always a real battle when you play against Man City. In the first half we did everything. The result is 2-1 and we’re happy today”.

The Belgian star shined in Chelsea clash at Stamford Bridge as he scored a crucial brace: “I try to do my best and help the team to win games. – he said – We have eight games to play and we want to win the title. That’s our target”.

“We are nearly there but there’s a long way to go. We are ready for everything”.

 

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Tottenham won an incredible game against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium tonight, when Mauricio Pochettino’s side bounced back from a disappointing first half with three late goals from Alli, Son and Eriksen to avoid an unexpected defeat.

Spurs completed a massive turnaround in the extra-time, while Swansea probably thought they had won the game after Routledge’s opener.

Tottenham remain 7 points behind Chelsea, but the gap could have been even bigger.

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Chelsea won a crucial game in the title race with a confidence-boosting victory at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Antonio Conte beat Manchester City 2-1 at home thanks to Eden Hazard‘s brace; the Belgian star opened the scoring after 10′ while Argentine star Sergio Aguero leveled the game at 25′, before Hazard again converted to goal a penalty well saved by Caballero.

Then Chelsea managed to maintain their gap despite Pep Guardiola‘s men had great chances to equalize also in the second half. Thibaut Courtois made some great saves but his goalkeeping mistake secured Manchester City the equalizer. Courtois himself denied a goal for the Citizens a few minutes later, when Leroy Sané went close to scoring from a counter-attack.

Defender John Stones missed a clear chance kicking the ball over the bar in the extra-time.

Chelsea bounced back from their last home defeat against Crystal Palace.

 

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Chelsea are leading the game after a tough and intense first half at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte side is one goal ahead thanks to Eden Hazard‘s brace as the Belgian star converted to goal a penalty rebounding Caballero’s save after Sergio Aguero’s goal.

Hazard opened the scoring with a curled shot before the Argentine star found the level at 25’. Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois made some great saves but his goalkeeping mistake secured Manchester City the equalizer.

Courtois himself denied a goal for the Citizens a few minutes later, when Leroy Sané went close to scoring from a counter-attack.

 

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Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola hailed ‘superb’ Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ahead of Citizens’ trip to Stamford Bridge.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager said: “My opinion about my colleague Conte is that he’s superb, maybe he’s the best. How he was able to make Italy play beautiful football, Juventus too, in a culture where it’s so defensive”.

“He’s an excellent manager. I learn a lot when I see his teams – Juventus, Italy and now. Their teams control a lot of aspects. It’s a good lesson for me to see his teams and learn.”

When asked about Conte’s first season in Premier League, the Spaniard said: “In my case I had to win the treble and change English football. Expectations were quite high, that’s why I’m going to fall short. Definitely, I cannot have success this season”.

“I knew from the beginning they’d have a good season. They started the season so-so but after that they settled the way they want to play and the fact they have a week to work on many things helps a lot. It’s a big advantage if you have time.

Guardiola added: “I think a lot of games we’ve played a lot of good football – I didn’t expect that high level – but then also we were not solid.”​

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte lost the title when Lazio won the Serie A on the final matchday in 1999/2000 campaign.

“This experience is very important, – Conte said – For this reason, I try to keep concentrated from the start until the end. Football is wonderful because anything can happen”. 

“I lost this title against Lazio, but then we won the title against Inter in the last game. If Inter won their game they would have won the title. Instead they lost, and we beat Udinese and won the title”.

‘Football, I repeat, is wonderful. It gives a lot of joy but sometimes it’s not always simple” Conte added.

Chelsea are currently 7 points clear at the top and are set to face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge tonight.

The Italian manager found out for himself the agony of defeat: “When you play for these teams it’s normal to have positive and negative experiences. – Conte said – To win one Champions League final and lose three Champions League finals is the same”.

“You don’t sleep. It’s not easy to accept the defeat, but defeat is a part of our job, of our culture. You must accept that, but also try in the future to avoid it. I know only one way: this is hard work. I don’t know another way”.

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