Chelsea still on track for title: Conte

Ross Houston
April 6, 2017

Asked about Luiz's physical condition, he added: "I think, now, his knee is better than before".

"It's not important (the game at City)". "We must understand that, when there is a game and, above all, if someone is losing the game, this type of situation can happen". "We can talk about Sergio and many things, but we are not going to say Sergio Aguero is a risky player, please", he said.

Rio Ferdinand believes Chelsea have ended the Premier League title race with their 2-1 victory over Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola's City enter the fixture in fourth, 11 points adrift.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the coin, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte agreed that all parties have moved on.

"It's normal that with 27 points available anything can happen in the league, but we are in a really good position".

"We have eight games to play".

"Nobody thought that Chelsea could fight this season for the title, but we stay there". We want to finish top.

Chelsea's transformation has been quicker, a team who finished 10th last season looking likely to be crowned champions, but they have had a lesser workload due to their European exile.

Chelsea will look to bounce back from their defeat to Crystal Palace when they entertain Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

"In this case, it's not easy to prepare the game, but we have tried to exploit the two days to prepare in the right way".

"I'm pleased for my players".

"But at this point I'm pleased because I'm always seeing a great commitment by my players. And tomorrow we'll have another game".

The Serbian midfielder has struggled to recreate his form of years gone by this season and has been the one Chelsea player who has not been at the peak of his powers this season.

Chelsea's preparations have been far less favourable than when they enjoyed a full week to plan for City in December, but Conte is not anxious.

Guardiola does feel Chelsea's domestic dominance has been aided by their lack of European football this season but not to a significant degree.

"We have less players", Conte added.

"Every game is completely different, what I would like from my team is to go out and play".

Victor Moses missed that defeat with a calf strain and is a major doubt for the massive City clash.

The last of those came when he completed 90 minutes in the 3-0 FA Cup win over Crystal Palace in January.

Conte again declined the opportunity to discuss whether Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez would be a summer transfer target. Guardiola, who has yet to finish a season as a coach without at least one trophy, said new blood would be brought in for next season but those at the club at the moment could cement their futures with City in the next few weeks.

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