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Duel with Spurs a must-win game for us, Alonso affirms

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Chelsea’s Spanish defender Marcos Alonso celebrates with Chelsea’s Spanish striker Alvaro Morata (R) after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

If Chelsea fails to beat London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League today it would significantly reduce their chances of clinching a top-four spot this season, defender Marcos Alonso has said.

Last season’s champions Chelsea are fifth in the league table with 56 points, five points behind Spurs as both teams bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

“It’s not over until it is mathematically impossible, but it would be very difficult for sure if we lost,” Alonso told British media.

“It is definitely a must-win game. Here at Chelsea, we have to fight until the end for every target we can achieve, and next year we have to be in the Champions League. On Sunday (today), we have to get a win,” the Spain international added.

Tottenham has not beaten Chelsea away since 1990, when former England striker Gary Lineker scored the winning goal in a 2-1 league victory.

However, Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side are unbeaten in the Premier League in 2018, with seven victories and three draws, and come into the mouthwatering clash high on confidence.

“I don’t think the past will have an influence. I don’t like stats, I think it will be a different game and we will have to give everything and be fully focused to get the three points,” Alonso added.


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