Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Mauricio Pochettino has Tottenham in title-winning form

Mauricio Pochettino has Tottenham in title-winning form

Hazard's effort deflected off Vincent Kompany and beat Willy Caballero, whose weak attempted save drew a frustrated look from City boss Pep Guardiola as he contemplated the latest in a growing list of gaffes from his goalkeepers this season.

A serious title challenge did not materialise and they exited the European competition at the last-16 stage.

The pair made rare starts in the midweek defeat to Chelsea, with both players completing their first full 90 minutes since the FA Cup win over Crystal Palace at the end of January. With the FA Cup being City's only realistic chance of winning a trophy this term, it is likely to be the worst season of Guardiola's managerial career.

"I am happy for both of them because they deserve to play". "This season has been a massive lesson for me".

"I have intelligent players".

"It was a big win for us, it wasn't easy because when you play against City it's normal to suffer in some parts of the game, but I think we suffered as a team in the right way".

"I feel like we're better now so it is a more interesting year for me as a manager to grow and handle this kind of situation".

Chelsea remain seven points clear of second placed Tottenham with eight games to play, yet with just minutes left on a dramatic evening it seemed the Blues would have a much greater lead.

Guardiola accepts his team have not been good enough and recognised their weaknesses - which he describes as "problems in the boxes" - early in the campaign.

"But it's true that if after the last eight games of the season they haven't won the league, it will be tough for them to accept".

"Normally, that [Steaua ] game would be 12-0". "I think the way we played we can do better, but after a defeat it's good to come back here and win three points. That's the target. We have some hard games but we are ready for everything". We created chances but had problems to score.

"You never know what will happen and that's why we have to fight for three points in every game".

Fabregas added: "We've been saying it since the beginning of the season: it's one game at a time".

"Chelsea is looking very strong but we can't stop pushing and dreaming of the league", Vertonghen told the club website.

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