Martin Keown delivers verdict on Tottenham title chances after Chelsea loss
By Will Butcher
Martin Keown believes Chelsea are still huge favourites to win the Premier League title this season, despite Tottenham closing the gap to seven points.
Spurs reduced the deficit with a 2-0 win away at Burnley while Chelsea suffered an unexpected 2-1 defeat to relegation candidates Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Keown claimed on BBC One’s Match of the Day on BBC One that the Spurs run-in, which includes the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United, could prove too tough.
“This Tottenham team have been brilliant since the turn of the year,” Keown said. “But they have a hugely tough run-in. Lets see what they can do, it’s difficult to call but it is a tall order.
“They still have to play against Chelsea in the semi-final of the FA Cup and that could have an effect on the players’ mindset, but after Crystal Palace beat Chelsea, who knows?”
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Spurs belatedly secured all three points at Turf Moor as Eric Dier put his side 1-0 to the good in the 66th minute, firing home into the top corner after Burnley failed to deal with a corner.
A low cross from in-form youngster Dele Alli then saw South Korea international Son Heung-Min confirm all three points with his 15th goal of the season in all competitions.
However, the win came at a price. Midfield duo Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks both suffered injuries and Spurs are now likely to be left thin in the middle of the park ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Swansea.
In other Tottenham news, Dier posted this Twitter message following the win.