Antonio Conte deliberately creates tension to keep Chelsea's title focus
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 12:38
"We'll take the game to anyone that comes to our place".
Arsenal have won seven of their last eight Premier League meetings with Hull and although the Tigers have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes under manager Marco Silva, you can envisage one outcome here.
Top of the league Chelsea travel to Burnley this weekend to face one of their toughest tests this season.
And completing the matchday 25 fixtures is the Monday Night Football encounter between out-of-form Bournemouth and third-in-the-table Man City.
Costa was left out of Chelsea's matchday squad for the victory at Leicester City on January 14, but has since returned to the side as Chelsea has continued to stretch its lead at the top of the table. While the promoted outfit have been punching above their weight all season, their tendency for late collapses - having conceded 13 goals in the last 15 minutes of games this term - stands to be ruthlessly exploited by Barcelona's deadly MSN.
"The stats show Burnley are a really strong team at home".
Pochettino's side have only lost twice in the league this season and are now undefeated at home and have conceded the least amount of goals with the ball finding the back of the net only 16 times against them, an outstanding record.
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Antonio Conte wants Chelsea to keep pushing towards the Premier League title - otherwise their rivals will sense an opportunity to pounce. A similar result against the Saints and David Moyes' team might just believe they can stave off relegation this season.
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