Hull beats Middlesbrough 4-2, out of EPL relegation zone

Hull beats Middlesbrough 4-2, out of EPL relegation zone

Hull beats Middlesbrough 4-2, out of EPL relegation zone

Conte is well aware of the threat posed by Tottenham and believes six wins from their final eight games could be required to keep Pochettino's in-form side at bay.

That win saw Chelsea maintain their seven point lead over second-placed Tottenham so with just eight games remaining, another victory on the south Coast tomorrow would leave Antonio Conte's men in an excellent position to win the Premier League.

"We've proven in the last two years what we're capable of", Vertonghen said.

But speaking ahead of side's Premier League clash with Bournemouth on Saturday, Conte reaffirmed his commitment to Chelsea. I have to check his situation and then make the best decision for the team.

However it should be pointed out that last season is one of only two in the past 15 years where 82 points would've left you Champions, the other being the 2010-11 campaign.

Cesc Fabregas insists Chelsea won't buckle under the strain of Tottenham's relentless pursuit as the Premier League title race ratchets up another notch this weekend.

Despite the Blues moving seven points clear at the top of the league, the Italian is refusing to get carried out, wary of a late charge from Tottenham.

However, despite being within five wins of the title, manager Antonio Conte has been forced to deny speculation in Italy he is set to quit the Blues this summer.

"It is a big win", the Belgian playmaker told BT Sport. We are both very happy to be here.

I think that I stay here and I repeat to stay here and this is the most important thing.

While Sunderland look doomed to the drop and 19th-placed Middlesbrough, who host Burnley, are favourites to join them, at least four other clubs are still sweating on survival.

"We've been saying it since the beginning of the season: it's one game at a time", he said. "Against Palace, we played better than in a lot of games that we won this season but we lost so it's just important to get the points no matter how you play".

He said: "Chelsea must play always Champions League every season".

He added: "I like to convince our players to play in that way".

It was yet another example of Liverpool dropping points against so-called lesser sides who'd sat back and defended for their lives against us.

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