One certainty in EPL title race: 3-man defense wins

Paul Merson Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham

GETTY Paul Merson insists Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham are still in the title race

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola again felt his side where the better team despite losing 2-1 to Chelsea on Wednesday night.

With fate in our own hands, the title is ours to lose.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino claims Chelsea would find it hard to accept if they failed to win the Premier League this season.

Chelsea remain overwhelming favourites in the title race, but Pochettino's manic celebrations in front of the away end at full time showed he is up for the fight. The leaks at the back were stemmed and Conte hasn't looked back.

50% - Of the longest unbeaten runs in PL history (20+ games), Manchester United's current run has the lowest win % (W10 D10). "That is the way we believe we can win in the future". We have eight games to play.

"I don't know if the way we played was lovely but the most important thing is to win games. I think with Klopp and Liverpool it's more of a building process than just splashing the cash".

The Italian's plans for the trip to White Hart Lane have been hit by a fresh injury to keeper Heurelho Gomes, while defender Miguel Britos is suspended after being sent off and fellow centre-backs Sebastian Prodl and Younes Kaboul are still out.

"We don't often have time to work on formations, only if we've got one game a week", Rose said. "Now we are mid-table we do not have a chance to be relegated while Tottenham are fighting for the title", he said.

Chelsea's use of wing backs has given Victor Moses a new lease of life after struggling to settle on loan spells. Chelsea travels to Bournemouth fresh from defeating Manchester City 2-1.

Once the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge, Conte rushed over to his technical team to enquire about the Tottenham result, but his expression of elation soon turned to one of disgust as he was told 'they [Tottenham] won. they won!' by one of his coaches.

While Conte and Pochettino are both acclaimed for their tactical aptitude, they are hardly innovators. With an additional man in the midfield, Barcelona was reinvigorated and a more attacking force.

Barcelona's recovery in the second leg of its Champions League meeting with PSG to win 6-5 heightened concerns about Unai Emery's lack of tactical guile as the coach retained Laurent Blanc's 4-3-3 formation.

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