Chelsea train rolls on
LIVERPOOL, England (AP):
Pedro Rodriguez scored an eye-catching long-range goal as Chelsea closed in on the Premier League title by beating Everton 3-0 yesterday.
Chelsea stayed four points ahead of Tottenham, who beat Arsenal 2-0 in the north London derby. Antonio Conte will be guaranteed the trophy in his first season in charge of Chelsea if the leaders win three of their last four games ahead of the FA Cup final against Arsenal.
"We have to have great enthusiasm and great patience because I think we are having a great season, but to become a fantastic season we must win (the league)," Conte said.
Everton's eight-match winning run at Goodison Park ended after Pedro broke through the home resistance in the 66th minute. Pedro collected the ball on the edge of the area, shifted it on to his left foot and fired a shot from 25 metres just under the crossbar.
Gary Cahill then bundled home in the 79th minute after goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg saved Eden Hazard's low free kick, and substitute Willian completed the victory seven minutes later.
"This feels massive," Cahill told broadcaster Sky Sports. "We've done what we needed to do. You can see the celebrations at the end.
Europa League-chasing Everton are seventh.
Other results: Manchester United 1 Swansea 1; Middlesbrough 2
Manchester City 2;
Tottenham 2 Arsenal 0.