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Koeman warns Chelsea defeat to Everton could be ‘decisive’ in title race

Date Posted,April 27, 2017

Ronald Koeman has vowed to blow the title race wide open as he looks to avenge Everton’s most disastrous display of the season.

The Toffees boss admits his team’s visit to Stamford Bridge earlier in the campaign was the “only game this season when we had no chance”, and he is gunning for the revenge that could sabotage the Premier League hopes of Sunday’s opponents.

If Chelsea lose the clash at Goodison – which looks the toughest encounter on their run-in – and Spurs beat Arsenal it would cut the gap at the Premier League summit to a single point.

And the Dutch boss insisted his side are ready to make it happen…for their own reasons.

“The title is not done, the gap from second to first is just four points,” he said. “What happens this Sunday can be really decisive about the title race.

The Dutchman says Everton can blow the title race wide open (Photo: Everton FC via Getty Images)
Conte’s side can take a huge step towards the title at Goodison (Photo: Getty)

“But it’s not in my opinion the most important – we like to win for our fans, ourselves. If that means the title race is more open, that’s nice for the Premier League but that’s not the reason we like to beat them.

“We’d like to beat them to show we’re strong at home and maybe with three points on Sunday, we have chances for sixth or fifth position in the table.

“Our last game of the season is Arsenal away and still we have the possibility to catch them.”

Even though they have the tougher run-in, Spurs are on a charge but Koeman has warned them they must not fall into the trap of wishing for an Everton win this weekend, and forgetting about their own job.

“They have a difficult game with Arsenal at home, so don’t make the mistake of being focussed on games other than your own game – Spurs need to win also,” he said.

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