Crystal Palace defeats Chelsea 2-1 at home

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03 April, 2017

Had things gone differently the gap between Premier League Champions-elect Chelsea and their closest pursuers, Tottenham Hotspur, would have been 13 points.

Spurs made the trip to East Lancashire in search of another three points to keep the pressure on Chelsea, and with the Blues losing 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace, Tottenham took full advantage.

"We showed great belief and character and faith".

The visitors did it the hard way.

However, victory came at the cost of injuries to midfielders Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks, who was taken to hospital with a potentially serious ankle injury. Yet, the longer the...

Spurs arrived in Lancashire trying to catch Chelsea while also stealing a march on Manchester City, who do not play until Sunday, as the race to secure Champions League qualification gathers pace and they departed with both targets still in reach.

"It's true, in the first half it was hard to play in the way we normally play but throughout the second half we dominated the game and created chances".

"We don't talk about the title because even seven points is a big gap at this stage of the season".

Steve Nicol wonders if the injuries Tottenham sustained in the win at Burnley will overshadow the three points gained.

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"I think the performance was great, not brilliant, very professional and this is a hard place". "We know there's work to do, it's the nature of the Premier League".

Juergen Klopp became the first Liverpool manager to win his first three Merseyside derbies as his side enhanced their top-four push with an important triumph with goals from Sadio Mane, the inspired Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi.

But after Dier had fired high past Tom Heaton after a well-worked corner and Son slotted home a cross from Alli, Spurs could celebrate moving to within seven points of the leaders.

That had been the Clarets' last home league game ahead of a testing run of four successive away fixtures which had contributed to a winless run of six games.

Former Southampton manager Pochettino added: "We knew very well how hard Burnley have made it for other teams here so I give a lot of credit to my team".

"For sure, for you [the media] it's a good result, because [it] makes this more interesting in the championship", Chelsea FC Antonio Manager Antonio Conte said Saturday. It's not dependent on us; it's dependent on if Chelsea fail.

"It's always a hard place to play, Burnley".

Tottenham had lost just once in the Premier League since early December but won't have had many more testing 45 minutes than they did in the opening half.


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