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Pressure is all on Chelsea, Spurs' Vertonghen says

14 May 2017

Tottenham Hotspur defeated their arch-rivals Arsenal 2-0 today in the last-ever North London Derby at White Hart Lane, but there was more at stake today than just finishing above Arsenal for the first time in 22 seasons.

Spurs are still four points behind Chelsea with four games remaining following the Blues' win at Everton earlier on Sunday.

"It will be very hard [to make the top four] now but we have to fight". And, with just four games to go, this may still be their year.

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It would've been a crucial win to keep our top four hopes alive while diminishing the title chances for the Spurs.

Kane, who struck Tottenham's second goal from the penalty spot after Alli had opened the scoring, echoed the determined sentiments of his defensive colleague. Their new stadium is growing around the outside of White Hart Lane and is due to be ready in the summer of 2018. We reduce again the gap to Chelsea. The fans have the bragging rights for the time being.

"We were fantastic from the back all the way forward". It was their ninth successive league win and the margin would have been greater but for some fine saves by Petr Cech. "They [Chelsea] are where they are and we are trying to give them pressure". It was a very big day and we've one more to come. We knew we had to focus.

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And while Wenger was disappointed with the loss, he played down the significance of Spurs' recent improvements, before prematurely walking out of his interview with Sky Sports. We wanted to stay in the title race.

"I felt that there was plenty of room in the first half to score goals but we played with a restricted attitude and I felt that we lacked a little bit of freedom to play and a desire to hurt them more than we did".

When asked if Spurs can catch Chelsea, the Tottenham boss replied: "I think we are still in the race".

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Player ratingsTottenham: Hugo Lloris 6, Kieran Trippier 6, Jan Vertonghen 7, Toby Alderweireld 7, Ben Davies 7, Victor Wanyama 7, Eric Dier 7, Son Heung-min 7, Dele Alli 7, Christian Eriksen 8, Harry Kane 7. Yeah I had a couple of shots. I think that's important.