Antonio Conte fires Premier League title warning to Chelsea over Spurs form

Hazard has his penalty saved before scoring their second goal from the rebound.

Those hoping for a real climax to the English Premier League title race had the door shut nearly as quickly as it opened ever so slightly.

Chelsea's lead was cut to seven points after they lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace at the weekend, but they preserved their advantage over Tottenham Hotspur by seeing off City.

Second-placed Spurs continue to apply pressure on Chelsea with the win, while the loss sees Paul Clement's side drop to 18th.

"It is going to be hard, but we will give our all and see where that takes us". It was the kind of high-stakes clash we've come to expect from one of the toughest rivalries to emerge in the top flight in recent years.

The result means six more wins from their remaining eight games would secure Chelsea the Premier League trophy, no matter what the chasing pack are able to do. "I don't know if the way we played was lovely but the most important thing is to win games".

Simplicity rules, just as it did with Leicester last season as they marched toward the title under Claudio Ranieri, who was present as a spectator for this game.

"Six points in the last two games - it has been a big week for us", he added.

"I don't know what is necessary to win the league, maybe a bit of luck, but I think this group has massive quality and is very special".

The Belgium forward has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois, Hazard's global team-mate, is anxious to see the 26-year-old remain at Stamford Bridge and fire the west London club towards its next target.

"We've got great attacking players and they've been great all season, but we fell short".

"We were the better team by far - by a country mile", said Delph.

With United only drawing with Everton on Tuesday, Arsenal moved up to fifth, four points behind City with a game in hand, after a 3-0 home victory over struggling West Ham United - a first win in four for Arsene Wenger's side.

"The only message I have given them is that Tottenham must win eight games".

Guardiola reckons City's season might have been different had they beaten Chelsea at home four months ago. If we are able to do this, we will win the title.

"I am happy for both of them because they deserve to play".

Spurs remain outsiders to pip Chelsea but this is a team that will keep Conte and his Blues players just glancing over their shoulder and on their mettle.

Hull City's third win in four games - a 4-2 triumph over Middlesbrough with five goals coming before the break - saw Marco Silva's team climb above Swansea and out of the bottom three.

  • Julie Sanders