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Seven-point lead remains intact for Chelsea

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso, centre celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's third goal goal in the 3-1 EPL win over Bournemouth.
Chelsea's Marcos Alonso, centre celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's third goal goal in the 3-1 EPL win over Bournemouth. Matt Dunham

FOOTBALL: Chelsea strengthened its hold on the English Premier League title with a 3-1 win at Bournemouth after Spurs showed they are ready to pounce if the Blues slip up.

Antonio Conte's men stretched the lead to seven points with seven matches remaining after Tottenham had earlier in the day cut the lead between the top two to four points with an emphatic 4-0 thumping of Watford at White Hart Lane.

Conte said he was still wary of what Spurs could do and was glad to see his team respond in the way it did.

"When you have this type of opponent [Tottenham] who is in good form and wants to catch you, it is important to have a good answer. This is a good answer," he told the BBC.

"There are seven games to go and in England it is not easy, there is a lot of pressure. It's normal to have a good pressure [after Spurs won]."

Son Heung-min scored twice in Spurs' 4-0 thrashing of Watford before the Chelsea success at Dean Court.

Chelsea was set on its way with by Adam Smith's own goal before Eden Hazard slid home a second and Marcos Alonso curled home a brilliant free-kick.

Josh King got on the scoreboard for the Cherries but it was pur consolation.

Fourth-placed Manchester City beat relegation-threatened Hull City 3-1 with Sergio Aguero among the scorers at the Etihad Stadium.

Liverpool, remains third after leaving it late with substitutes Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino turning things round in a 2-1 victory at Stoke City.

At the bottom West Ham United easedits relegation fears, ending a five-match losing streak with a 1-0 victory over third-from-bottom Swansea City at London Stadium in a dire encounter.

Second-from-bottom Middlesbrough is six points off safety after a 0-0 home draw with Burnley.

Elsewhere, Southampton won 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion.

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