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Harry Redknapp says Chelsea face a tough title battle

Nani celebrates scoring against Spurs
Nani's audicious goal was set up by a deft pass from substitute Federico Macheda

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes Chelsea face a tougher run-in than champions Manchester United as the two sides bid for the Premier League title.

United took a two-point lead at the top of the table following a 3-1 win over Spurs, but Chelsea have a game in hand.

And Redknapp said the win puts the pressure back on to Chelsea.

"I can see United picking up six points from their final two matches. I would be surprised if they didn't. It is not going to be easy for Chelsea," he said.

Chelsea play Stoke on Sunday before their final two games of the season against Liverpool and Wigan.

The main thing is we are top of the table with two games left

Sir Alex Ferguson

Meanwhile, United travel to Sunderland before taking on Stoke at home in their final match, two games Redknapp expects United to win.

"The pressure is back on Chelsea that's for sure. They are not top any more and they have difficult games," he said.

"Stoke don't lie down for anyone and they also have to go to Liverpool, which is a massive game."

Despite the absence of Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney, who could miss the rest of the season with a groin injury, United secured three crucial points at Old Trafford against a Tottenham team that had enjoyed successive victories over London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea in the past week.

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Ryan Giggs converted two second-half penalties, sandwiched between a deft finish from Nani in the 81st minute, as United intensified the pressure on their west London rivals.

"I left it between Ryan and Nani to decide who would take the penalties," added Ferguson.

"His experience showed in the end because he took two really good penalties.

"The main thing is we are top of the table with two games left. Who is to say what is going to happen? We have done our job."



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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 24 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 36 53 79
2 Chelsea 35 54 77
3 Arsenal 36 39 72
4 Tottenham 35 26 64
5 Man City 35 27 63
6 Aston Villa 35 15 61
7 Liverpool 35 24 59
8 Everton 35 9 54
9 Birmingham 35 -8 47
10 Sunderland 36 -6 44
11 Blackburn 36 -16 44
12 Fulham 34 -2 43
13 Stoke 34 -4 43
14 Bolton 36 -25 36
15 Wolves 36 -23 35
16 Wigan 36 -34 35
17 West Ham 36 -18 34
18 Hull 36 -41 28
19 Burnley 35 -37 27
20 Portsmouth 36 -33 16

see also
Rooney could miss Man Utd run-in
24 Apr 10 |  Man Utd
Saturday's football photos
24 Apr 10 |  Premier League
Saturday football as it happened
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