Costa eager to knock City out of title race
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 14:05
Both sides will be looking back to a year ago for comfort, with Chelsea winning 3-1 at the Etihad in December while City won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last April against an off-form home side with very little to play for. But Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke scored within two minutes of each other as Crystal Palace led 2-1 after just 11 minutes.
Both teams play on Wednesday evening, with Chelsea hosting Manchester City and Tottenham visiting Swansea City.
He added, "When that day comes, we can't moan about it, because we will have done all we can for Wilf - and Wilf will have done all he can for Crystal Palace - but he's on a long contract, the chairman tells me, so there's not that danger at the moment".
Of those matches included a high tempered clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which resulted in a 2-2 draw and nine bookings for Tottenham's 10 outfield players.
"If we do our job we can be there until the end of the season and try to fight for the title".
Schlupp was left out of the Ghana squad to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon but would expect to make a return when the Black Stars start their campaign for Cameroon 2019 in June under a new manager. They are at times quite brilliant, best evidenced by their immediate response to Arsenal's first equaliser on Sunday, but then do little for large periods in matches.
Spurs had appeared to be labouring at Turf Moor without injured striker Harry Kane and they lost Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks - the latter to what appeared a serious ankle injury - before the interval.
After winning eight Premier League games in a row against Manchester City between 2005 and 2009, the Blues have won just five of their last 15 against them in the top-flight (D3 L7).
Still Chelsea have not kept a clean sheet in seven Premier League games, since the defeat of Hull in January. "We played good football and we coped well".
This was Palace's fourth win in succession and lifts it to 16th place and four points clear of the drop zone. The Frenchman's performances have been excellent and Sakho will play a big part in Crystal Palace staying up should Sam Allardyce manage to keep them in the Premier League. "That is important to us. We had to come back after half-time and we got a point after a time that has been so stressful for us".
Leicester's revival continued under manager Craig Shakespeare as Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy handed the champions a 2-0 victory over Stoke.
Manchester United's top-four aspirations were hit by a goalless home draw with West Brom.