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Chelsea paying no attention to Spurs´ winning run – Courtois

SoccerNews in English Premier League 1 May 2017

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Thibaut Courtois insists Chelsea have been paying little attention to Tottenham’s stunning run, but concedes the Blues would sleep easier if their closest challengers dropped points in the title race.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are four points adrift of the Premier League leaders after embarking on a brilliant nine-match winning streak, their latest success coming against north London rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

However, Chelsea responded to a damaging 2-0 loss at Manchester United last month with comprehensive wins over Southampton and Everton.

And with a favourable run in that sees them play Middlesbrough, West Brom, Watford and Sunderland, Antonio Conte’s men remain strong favourites to win the title.

Blues goalkeeper Courtois insists his team are only concerned with their own performances.

“We never look at Tottenham. Of course we want them to drop points but the most important thing is to look at ourselves,” he told the club’s official website.

“With Southampton at home and Everton away, Tottenham probably thought we would drop points, so to win both games is very significant.

“Now we just have to win our home games, that will be very important.”

Chelsea overcame what was expected to be a stern test from Everton with a 3-0 win at Goodison Park on Sunday, a result Courtois felt was huge in terms of the title race.

“It feels very significant,” he said. “Everton won their last eight home games, they’ve been on a good run and they score a lot of goals so to keep a clean sheet, play well and win was good.

“In the first half we had some difficulties because [Idrissa] Gueye was following Eden [Hazard] everywhere so it was difficult to find space.

“In the second half Pedro scored a great goal and from that point we were able to control the game better. We scored a good second goal, although maybe it was a bit lucky, and a fantastic third, so it feels good. 

“There aren’t many games left so obviously it’s a good win.”

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