Pochettino: "We can still fight for the title"
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Apr 03, 2017,
Apr 03, 2017, 2:33
Chelsea still have a seven point lead over Tottenham in the Premier League title race, but for the first time in a while there's a chink the Blues armour heading into the final stage of the season.
The unlikely reverse at the hands of Sam Allardyce's resurgent Palace left Chelsea on 69 points with Spurs having moved on to 62 and Liverpool on to 59, though the Reds have played a game more than the top two.
"We have to be there if Chelsea fail", Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said, "and we are there".
The visitors did it the hard way.
Spurs certainly did not look like title challengers in a stodgy first half and saw their game plan disrupted by injuries to Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama shortly before half-time. Yet, the longer the...
Spurs travel to struggling Swansea on Wednesday, while Chelsea host fourth-placed Manchester City.
"It's true, in the first half it was hard to play in the way we normally play but throughout the second half we dominated the game and created chances", he said.
A low cross from in-form youngster Dele Alli then saw South Korea worldwide Son Heung-Min confirm all three points with his 15th goal of the season in all competitions. What looked like a certain three points for the league leaders ended up in a 2-1 defeat. Maybe it was not brilliant but it was very professional. "We are fighting for the Premier League".
From a corner, Hendrick miscued his clearance to Eric Dier who slotted home from around 10 yards out past a helpless Heaton.
"I'm very proud because it was a really tough game for us", Pochettino told BBC Sport.
'It was an important goal for me to score - it was a relief and I'm happy to score as it's been a while.
Son added the second with a close-range finish at the back post after Alli slipped a low ball across the box to place the result beyond doubt and reawaken a formerly non-existent title race.
"For sure, for you [the media] it's a good result, because [it] makes this more interesting in the championship", Chelsea FC Antonio Manager Antonio Conte said Saturday.
This was Burnley's first home Premier League game since drawing with Chelsea 1-1 on February 12 but their return to Turf Moor did little to arrest their current slide and they have now not won since beating Leicester City at home on January 31.