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Vertonghen says Spurs must keep pushing in title race

Antonio Conte Chelsea Man City GETTY Antonio Conte's Chelsea beat Man City 2-1 last night
Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:19

Goalkeeping errors contributed to the opening goals as Hazard shot through Willy Caballero and Thibaut Courtois gifted City an equaliser, scored by Sergio Aguero.

That's because, with 65 points from 30 matches, they have a tally of two-and-a-sixth points-per-game that would have been enough to win the title in nine of the previous 24 Premier League seasons. We won't stop pushing for the title and dreaming about it, but they had a big win over Manchester City and the gap is still seven points. We have a slightly superior goal-difference than both, and there's no guarantees they'll pick up consecutive wins, of course.

TOTTENHAM manager Mauricio Pochettino has downplayed recent comments by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte suggesting that whereas the West Londoners expect to win, Spurs merely hope to do so. I realised, okay, we have to play real, real good to win the games.

"The most important thing for [Ilkay] Gundogan is to recover well - it is not easy after six months out with the knee injury", he said of the midfielder, who suffered a torn knee ligament in December.

"I don't think it's an advantage", Conte told a press conference.

Tottenham Hotspur have the chance to exert psychological pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea when they open the weekend programme at home to Watford on Saturday. We created chances but had problems scoring.

"We were not good enough to compete for the Premier League [title]".

"Otherwise it will be a good season, but not a great season".

"I have intelligent players".

Luiz explained that despite Chelsea's victory over Manchester City, there's still no feeling the Premier League title is almost won. I am always happy when my players can play.

"We'll have to see what happens at the end of the season". I was disappointed with what happened after the game [at Chelsea on Wednesday] but I immediately saw what we have done to improve. "And especially we are so polite when we win, especially that". The Cherries held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw at Anfield yesterday; they will be no pushovers.

Guardiola's side is only four points ahead of Arsenal, which has a game in hand as it chases the last Champions League qualification place.