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.
“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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But he promised his own team will be out for revenge after the game that most embarrasses him about his time in charge of Everton.
“That was the Chelsea game when we had no chance from start to finish to get one point out of the game,” he said.
“So we expect our players to give so much more for this game this weekend. We had no chance.
“It was maybe one of the strongest performance of Chelsea and Everton were poor in all aspects of football. But of course that will be different this Sunday.
Koeman revealed England boss Gareth Southgate visited the Blues training ground this week to witness a coaching session, and speak to “several” players, including Ross Barkley and teenage sensation Tom Davies.
And it is understood he offered reassurances to Barkley about his England career, with the international manager making it clear he has faith in the 23 year old’s talent.