Winning EPL will be tough, says Chelsea manager Conte

Yolanda Curtis
April 5, 2017

Chelsea have proven themselves one of the most risky counter-attacking teams in the Premier League this season, twice catching Pep Guardiola's men on the break in a 3-1 win when the teams met at the Etihad Stadium in December, but Conte is wary of predicting a similar contest this time around.

Chelsea's march towards the Premier League title was stalled as goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke earned Crystal Palace a shock 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. "If you stay in Tottenham, if you win, it's great but, if you's not a disaster, no?"

A resilient defensive display and numerous fine saves from goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey saw Palace end Chelsea's 13-game winning run.

Spurs' next three games, meanwhile, are against Swansea, Watford, and Bournemouth - all of whom are still not clear of relegation trouble. "It will make people sit up and say wow".

Victor Moses has been injured since Chelsea's 2-1 win over Stoke City in the middle of March, missing Nigeria's match over the worldwide break and then Chelsea's 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Chelsea haven't lost back-to-back home league games vs the Citizens since December 1983.

Tottenham kept their title hopes flickering after Eric Dier scored from close range and Son Heung-Min converted a cross from Dele Alli in the second half at Burnley.

"The Premier League is still open", Fernandinho told the City website.

"We've talked a lot about being there if Chelsea fail", manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

"We will fight for everything".

Manchester United slipped again in the race for Champions League places, being held to a goalless draw at Old Trafford by West Bromwich Albion, which leaves Jose Mourinho's team in fifth place on 53 points. Chelsea fans showed little sign of nervousness, although there was no rendition of the chant "We're going to win the league" which had begun to be sung in recent weeks.

Winger Sadio Mane scored the opening goal for Liverpool in the eighth minute but limped off with a left leg injury in the 57th after landing awkwardly in a challenge.

Liverpool's mercurial Brazilian put his side ahead with a trademark effort and after the break Divock Origi, replacing Mane who went off with suspected knee ligament damage, swept home the third. "In every game here, anything can happen because the league is so strong".

Leicester's revival continued under manager Craig Shakespeare as Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy handed the champions a 2-0 victory over Stoke.

The Black Cats' misery was further compounded when they heard Hull City had come from behind to beat West Ham United 2-1 with Andrea Ranocchia notching the Tigers' 85th-minute clincher.

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