Chelsea keeps Tot­ten­ham a vi­tal four points be­hind in race for ti­tle

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

LON­DON — Chelsea passed the tough­est test of the ti­tle run-in to keep Tot­ten­ham at arm’s length.

An­to­nio Conte’s side took 66 min­utes to break through Ever­ton’s re­sis­tance on Sun­day be­fore win­ning 3-0 to re­main four points ahead of Tot­ten­ham.

Even if Tot­ten­ham can­not over­haul Chelsea in the fi­nal four games to win the Premier League soc­cer ti­tle for the first time since 1961, it will still be a land­mark sea­son for the north Lon­don club.

Beat­ing Arse­nal 2-0 in Sun­day’s derby en­sures Tot­ten­ham will finish above its neigh­bour for the first time in 22 years. And if Spurs hold on to sec­ond place, it will be their high­est finish in 54 years.

For Arse­nal, the chal­lenge is now ex­tend­ing the team’s 20-year run in the Cham­pi­ons League.

But Arsene Wenger’s side is six points be­hind Manch­ester City, which oc­cu­pies the fourth qual­i­fi­ca­tion place.

City was held 2-2 by rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Mid­dles­brough, but fifth-place Manch­ester United could also only draw with Swansea so re­mains a point be­hind its neigh­bour. TOT­TEN­HAM 2, ARSE­NAL 0 It was the penul­ti­mate game at White Hart Lane be­fore the sta­dium is de­mol­ished and Tot­ten­ham moves into a new ad­ja­cent venue af­ter a sea­son at Wem­b­ley.

Arse­nal im­ploded at the start of the sec­ond half.

“I felt that we lacked a lit­tle bit free­dom to play and de­sire to hurt them more than what we did,” Wenger said.

NIGEL FRENCH, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, cen­tre, scores his side’s sec­ond goal of the game dur­ing the English Premier League soc­cer match against Ever­ton at Good­i­son Park, Liver­pool, on Sun­day.

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