Marcos Alonso: Chelsea dealing well with title-race pressure

Marcos Alonso: Chelsea dealing well with title-race pressure

Marcos Alonso: Chelsea dealing well with title-race pressure

It meant the leaders had secured a second victory of the week and ended the day where they started it, with a seven-point lead over second-placed Tottenham.

As far as Chelsea are concerned though, their recent 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium kept them seven points ahead Tottenham Hotspur, who are hot on their heels.

Speaking after the game, Howe said he was pleased with the fight his players showed and believes they created problems for their opponents.

"It's not easy to play after Tottenham but I think it's normal in football".

"I like the pressure".

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"Yeah, I hit the post twice already [in previous matches]", Alonso said. "We accept it", he added.

= Eden Hazard's haul of 14 Premier League goals this season is his joint best-ever return in a season in the competition (also 14 in 13-14 and 14-15). "Today we played our way and that didn't work either".

And if Mauricio Pochettino's men can close the gap to four or five points after those games, then the race will very much be on - something that will cause both excitement and trepidation for both club's Belgian contingent.

"We have seven finals left", the Spaniard said. "For us, it's always important to control our emotion because we are playing and fighting to win the title".

Bournemouth cut the deficit three minutes before half-time, with King scoring his 10th goal in his last 11 Premier League games, although his 20-yard drive needed a deflection off Luiz to beat Courtois.

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"I think United for sure will have good motivation, because they are playing against Chelsea". We all know where we are going, we are all going in the same direction and that's very important.

"I don't like to tempt fate but I think it's almost done", Lampard told Sky Sports 1's Goals on Sunday programme. After a smart turn, Diego Costa sliced his shot away from goal, but was fortunate enough to see it deflect off of Smith and into the back of the net.

"I was very happy because it was the goal which gave us the peace to relax and make the game more comfortable". "Then we conceded the goal and we lost a bit of confidence".

Eddie Howe will be hoping for an upset after drawing with Liverpool What TV channel is Bournemouth vs Chelsea on? He took his goal brilliantly - from the first touch that got the ball out of his feet to the bodyswerve to the calm finish despite stumbling - and it capped another match where he was the best and most risky player on the pitch.

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