English Premiership

Matic credits Spurs for keeping up title pressure

Nemanja Matic (Gallo Images)
Nemanja Matic (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has given Premier League title rivals Tottenham credit for keeping the Blues on their toes this season.

Antonio Conte's charges seemed to be running away with the league after beating Stoke City on March 18, but defeats against Crystal Palace and Manchester United gave Spurs an opening.

Chelsea beat Everton 3-0 away from home at the weekend to maintain their lead at the top of the standings, but Spurs also won to stay within four points.

"I think this year is more difficult," Matic told the press, according to ESPN FC. "We finished 2015 eight points clear of Man City. I'm not sure this will be the case with Tottenham.

"I'm sure they will not give up until end of the season. At this moment it's hard, but we will see. Each time we win, they win, two years ago that was not the case."

He added: "This season is hard. We win and Tottenham win, they are always close. But the important thing is that we are playing well, we take points and we will see if they can drop some points.

"They have some difficult games, home and away, so everything is open until the end."

Meanwhile Cesc Fabregas didn't start against Everton on Saturday, but manager Antonio Conte praised his contribution off the bench.

Fabregas and Willian both came on in the closing stages of the game at Goodison Park, and the Spaniard set up the Brazilian for the second goal of the night as the Blues cruised to victory.

Fixtures
Sun 12 Jul 20 13:00 PM (SAST)
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Everton
Molineux Stadium
Sun 12 Jul 20 15:15 PM (SAST)
Aston Villa
Crystal Palace
Villa Park
Sun 12 Jul 20 17:30 PM (SAST)
Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Results
Sat 11 Jul 20
Brighton & Hove Albion 0
Manchester City 5
Sat 11 Jul 20
Sheffield United 3
Chelsea 0
Sat 11 Jul 20
Liverpool 1
Burnley 1
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Liverpool
35
30
93
2. Manchester City
35
23
72
3. Chelsea
35
18
60
4. Leicester City
34
17
59