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