Chelsea defender David Luiz stokes flames by labelling Tottenham Hotspur second best

Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min scores during the English Premier League match against Bournemouth at White Hart Lane stadium in London, Saturday, April 15. "There will be more pressure on them, the closer they get to Chelsea also".

Mauricio Pochettino's side have been in blistering form recently, and following Chelsea's 2-0 defeat away at Manchester United, the title race - which so many had believed was sewn up - has been blown wide open again, with Spurs just four points behind their London rivals.

"It is very simple, but in this case the fault is of the coach".

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Why would his players need to be motivated by him at this crucial stage in the season? The 36-year-old last started a league game in September, with Chelsea Antonio Conte deciding the veteran was unable to fit in his 3-4-3 formation. Not only is he one of the best Premier League defenders in the Premier League, Alderweireld easily ranks amongst the top five in the world.

Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United all have advantages that Chelsea lack.

CHELSEA'S FA Cup semi-final clash against Tottenham promises to have it all. Then comes a trip to Goodison Park to face Everton, who they annihilated in a rampant 5-0 win - I can't imagine it will be that easy for them this time around.

"We must have great enthusiasm to play these last six games, with patience and a great will to fight". The feeling we have with our supporters is fantastic and I congratulate them all.

So, according to Conte, we have a Chelsea side lacking motivation and a Tottenham team that are the best in the country and with a chance of glory.

But a glance at the fixtures list should ease, if not totally dispel, any nerves afflicting the Stamford Bridge faithful.

Peter Crouch nodded Stoke back ahead in the 66th minute and Xherdan Shaqiri sealed the points in the 80th minute to leave fourth bottom Hull only two points above the relegation zone. Jan Vertontghen described his manager's mentality after the game, saying: "The gaffer keeps telling us not to give up, to reach a higher level, he keeps us pushing forward".

Leicester are very much down however - they were winning two nil against Crystal Palace but by the end suffered a draw.

  • Julie Sanders