Alan Shearer predicts where Chelsea, Tottenham will finish

The Premier League legend explains why Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final win proves why Antonio Conte's side will win the title

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Alan Shearer is backing Chelsea to win the Premier League title fresh from their FA Cup semi-final success.

The Premier League leaders were thrilling 4-2 winners against title rivals Tottenham Hotspur in their last-four clash at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Willian, Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic helped the west London side to deliver a blow to Tottenham’s morale with five games to go in the title race.

Spurs moved to within four points of Chelsea after Tottenham recorded their seventh successive top-flight win and the Blues lost 2-0 to Manchester United last time out in the Premier League.

Former Newcastle United striker Shearer, who won his only Premier League title with Blackburn Rovers in 1994-95, believes Chelsea’s cup win will be enough to get them over the line.

“The way Chelsea beat Tottenham in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final showed why they are going to win the Premier League title too,” Shearer told BBC Sport.

“As usual, Antonio Conte’s side were dogged and resilient – and the manager’s gameplan worked perfectly.

“They were content to soak up Spurs’ pressure and possession and, when they went up the other end, they took their chances brilliantly.

“The Blues scored four goals against the team with the best defensive record in the top flight, so you cannot say they did not deserve their victory.

“And anyone who doubted Chelsea after their defeats by Manchester United and Crystal Palace just had to watch them at Wembley to see how good they are.

“This was a superb display that won a brilliant cup tie and, psychologically, could and probably should pull them across the line in the title race too.”

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Tottenham will make the short trip to Crystal Palace in their next Premier League game at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night.

The Eagles have beaten Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool over the past month or so.

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