Form Tottenham relishing chase of Chelsea

Diego Costa left and Vincent Kompany right clashed on Wednesday

At the other end, it was once again Eden Hazard stepping up to the plate on a big occasion, scoring both goals needed to take all three points.

Eden Hazard declared "we are almost there" as Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte targeted six wins in the final eight games to clinch the Premier League title.

Speaking at news conference ahead of City's game with Hull City on Saturday, Guardiola tried to play down the incident, although he did say that his teams are polite when they win. "We are disappointed we couldn't win the game".

Midfielder Fabian Delph wants an undefeated run in the remaining eight games.

Tottenham have won five consecutive games and as a result have turned up the pressure on the league leaders.

"I don't know if the way we played was lovely, but the most important thing is to win games", said Hazard, English soccer's player of the year in 2015.

"I think the way we played we can do better but after a defeat it's good to come back here and win three points". The Tottenham result is important but the most important results is ours, we have to continue to think like that. "Now we are mid-table we do not have a chance to be relegated while Tottenham are fighting for the title", he said. We missed two penalties and so many chances. "For this reason to win the title we need 18 points", said Conte. "Yet in this season, we are at the same level".

The pair have met before when Silva's Olympiakos was drawn against Pep's Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stages last season, games which finished 3-0 and 4-0 in favour of the former Barcelona manager.

"I'm working with the best management team in the world and the best players in the world as far as I'm concerned", he added.

"We've got great attacking players and they've been great all season, but we fell short. We controlled the game well".

Conte insisted after the win that his team needs to win six matches to guarantee the title.

"Maybe after all the work we have done, one day we will start to be rewarded for the way we play football".

Pep failed to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in his career after a last-16 defeat to Monaco last month.

"I like the way Hull play".

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