Tottenham keep pressure on Chelsea, Manchester clubs in misery

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Chelsea’s defender Gary Cahill celebrates scoring against Everton on April 30, 2017 © AFP / PAUL ELLIS

LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 30 Chelsea took a significant step towards the Premier League title on Sunday with victory at Everton nevertheless Tottenham ensured the champagne will stay on ice for a bit longer with an impressive 2-0 win over Arsenal.

As well as the engrossing fight for the title the battle for the two remaining Champions League places has become a real dogfight — Arsenal missing a chance to make up ground on the two Manchester clubs, who both stumbled on Sunday against relegation candidates.

Second-half goals by Dele Alli in addition to Harry Kane, by the penalty spot, sealed the three points in addition to ensured of which Spurs will finish above their North London rivals Arsenal for once in 22 years.

nevertheless whether Spurs will ever hunt down relentless Chelsea is actually another matter, with just four games left in addition to Chelsea still four points clear, in addition to with an easier run-in.

“I am so pleased. the idea was a very important game in addition to the idea was a complete performance,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told the BBC.

“The race for the title is actually down to four points in addition to we will see what will happen.

“To be above Arsenal for once in 22 years is actually fantastic for our fans. the idea is actually fantastic for us too, nevertheless we want to win the title.”

A superb second-half strike by Pedro in addition to late goals by Gary Cahill in addition to Willian ended Everton’s run of eight successive home wins in addition to had piled the pressure on Spurs, who were playing afterwards.

Tottenham Hotspur’s midfielder Dele Alli (L) celebrates scoring against Arsenal with Son Heung-Min on April 30, 2017 © AFP / Ben STANSALL

Chelsea took time to settle nevertheless once Pedro scored their opener — his first goal in nine matches — the floodgates opened in addition to they ran out 3-0 winners.

“This kind of gives us lots of confidence,” manager Antonio Conte told Sky Sports. “currently the idea is actually important to prepare the final rush.

“If inside the next game against Middlesbrough you don’t win, you lose This kind of victory. We must look step by step.”

– ‘Huge result’ –

Cahill’s eighth goal of the season in addition to Willian’s beautifully worked third inflicted only Everton’s second home defeat of the season.

“the idea was convincing nevertheless we had to work hard for the idea,” Cahill told Sky Sports, sensing This kind of might be the win of which delivers the title in Conte’s first season at Chelsea.

“Pedro’s goal was special, at times you need a bit of class to open up a team, of which’s what he did today. I’m buzzing with of which, the idea’s a huge result for us.”

City had to come by behind twice to draw 2-2 at Middlesbrough in addition to United drew 1-1 at home to Swansea on a bad day for the Manchester giants.

City relied on 20-year-old striker Gabriel Jesus to secure them a point inside the final several minutes of their game against a Boro side scenting back-to-back wins inside the Premier League for once since May 2008.

Manchester City’s striker Gabriel Jesus (L) clashes with Middlesbrough’s striker Christian Stuani on April 30, 2017 © AFP / Lindsey PARNABY

“We controlled the game in addition to missed so many chances,” Jesus told Premier League Productions.

“Today’s result is actually disappointing nevertheless at least we have a point.”

Arsenal’s defeat inside the last North London derby at White Hart Lane leaves manager Arsene Wenger’s proud record of qualifying for the Champions League in real trouble.

They are sixth, several points behind United in addition to six behind City in fourth, although the Londoners have a game in hand on both.

Only the top four get into the Champions League.

Liverpool, the various other team inside the mix, travel to Watford on Monday looking to cement third spot.

– Wenger unimpressed –

Manchester United’s striker Wayne Rooney scores by the penalty spot on April 30, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFF

Wenger — whose future at Arsenal is actually mired in doubt — gave credit to Spurs for deserving to beat them nevertheless was unimpressed by the fact of which the Gunners would likely finish below their rivals for once in his long tenure.

“Mathematically the idea has to happen once,” Wenger told Sky Sports.

“We are not happy with the idea nevertheless we don’t compare ourselves to Spurs, we compare ourselves to where we want to be.”

A sublime free-kick by Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson gained Swansea a deserved point against United at Old Trafford in addition to dented Jose Mourinho’s hopes of breaking into the top four.

Sigurdsson’s 10th goal of the season, nevertheless first in 11 matches, cancelled out veteran Wayne Rooney’s contentious penalty in time added on inside the first half when Marcus Rashford made the most out of minimal contact with Swans goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

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