Tottenham trash Bournemouth to close gap on Chelsea
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 21:40
A rampant Tottenham ripped Bournemouth apart easily to record a club-record 12th straight home win in the league to trim Chelsea's advantage to four points ahead of the leaders playing Sunday at Manchester United.
Saturday's 4-0 win was also Spurs' 12th straight league victory at home, matching their longest winning run in a single season back in 1919-20.
Son Heung-Min doubled Spurs' lead three minutes later after he showed a turn of pace, surging past the defender as he gave himself a yard of space from which he slotted home from a tight angle.
Spurs have now cut the gap behind league leaders Chelsea to four points, with the Blues to play their game in hand away to Manchester United on Sunday.
Eddie Howe's side now sit seven points clear of the dropzone, but the Cherries boss knows that they will probably need at least another victory in order to remain in the top flight. "We are fighting for ourselves, for the second consecutive season we are there, and I think that is a great credit for players and the club".
Mauricio Pochettino's side are hot on Chelsea's heels as the title race enters the final furlong and their dominant display at White Hart Lane keeps them in with a chance of being crowned champions for the first time since 1961.
Harry Kane grabbed his 20th league goal of the season on his first start since injuring his ankle last month with substitute Vincent Janssen sealing the rout from close range with his first Premier League goal in open play.
Dembele struck after 16 minutes, slamming in a shot from six metres after Christian Eriksen's corner reached him at the far post through a crowd of players.
Though relatively quiet for much of the opening 45 minutes, Kane continued to terrorise the Cherries defence with some exquisite touches - this time setting up Eriksen who saw his effort saved by Boruc. They're now five points adrift of the magical 40-point mark, and a win here would likely all but guarantee their Premier League status.
AFC Bournemouth are 15th, seven points clear of the relegation zone ahead of the other matches.
Janssen then rounded off the win in stoppage time.