Chelsea defeat Everton, Spurs stay close

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Even if Tottenham can not overhaul Chelsea in the final four games to win the title for the first time since 1961, it will still be a landmark season for the north London club.

Pedro Rodriguez scored an eye-catching long-range goal as Chelsea closed in on the title by beating Everton.

And, after a tough first half, they took it, thanks to Pedro's brilliant long-ranger, Cahill and Willian.

"At this moment, it's very important to stay together and to have great enthusiasm and patience because we must feel this season could go from good to fantastic".

"It's a point and we are still there and it now all depends on the final few games at the Etihad", he said looking ahead to three consecutive home matches in City's remaining four.

They have got a huge game [against Arsenal on Sunday], but we can put our feet up now.

"There are still nine points to play for and with the spirit that the team has shown, there is no reason that we can't win more matches".

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An overjoyed Conte celebrated in front of the travelling supporters following the crucial win at Goodison Park, which moved his side a step closer to the Premier League title. On paper it was the game we all looked at.

Second-half goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane ensured Spurs will finish above Arsenal in the table for the first time since 1995.

Knowing its fate, Everton offered little resistance after the second had gone in and substitute Willian added a third to add some polish to the win.

A luxury they may not have been afforded had Pedro not taken a chance on his left boot.

Earlier in the day, United were held 1-1 by Swansea in Manchester, while Gabriel Jesus' 85th-minute strike gave City a point following a 2-2 draw against hosts Middlesbrough.

"Of course I am disappointed, because it was a great opportunity to reduce the gap, but we are four (points behind Chelsea)", he said. Sunday's 1-1 draw at home to Swansea was made worse for United by the sight of Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw going off to join an already extensive list of sidelined defenders. Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois 6, Cesar Azpilicueta 6, David Luiz 6, Gary Cahill 7, Victor Moses 6, N'Golo Kante 5, Nemanja Matic 5, Marcos Alonso 6, Pedro 7, Diego Costa 6, Eden Hazard 6.

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