Chelsea Star Opens Up About Situation With Diego Costa and Antonio Conte

Chelsea will this afternoon hope to keep their run of four wins in a row going as they welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge. Willian was an integral part of the Mourinho-led 2014/15 Chelsea side that won the league, making this move somewhat sensible. Conte's side did miss a chance to go 12 points clear at the top of the league, but they won't care too much - 10 points is still a considerable margin.

They were leapfrogged by Swansea in the table, who climb to 15. Three of their last five away league wins have been by this amount while Burnley's last five defeats all been by one goal.

The first real chance of the game fell to Eden Hazard, whose shot was saved by goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

Antonio Conte insisted that he was compelled to be "disappointed" with Chelsea's 1-1 draw at Burnley by his own winning mentality.

"It's important to have good enthusiasm, good passion and to transfer this passion only in the right way to your players, your staff, your fans".

The Clarets have only kept one clean sheet in their last 11 games against the Blues in all competitions, doing so in a 3-0 win in the second tier in April 1983. "Maybe in the end in that situation we are happy with a point".

Manager Sean Dyche said the result was a reward for bravery.

Diego Costa will lead the line as he competes with the likes of Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and Everton's Romelu Lukaku for the Premier League Golden Boot. He will have to be as ruthless on Sunday to ensure that his team maintain the distance from the chasing pack in the title race.

Per The Sun's Matt Heath-Smith, Steven Defour, Dean Marney and Kevin Long are all injured, while Jeff Hendrick will serve the first match of his three-match suspension after being sent off against Watford. The hosts, once they shook off a ropey start, settled into a 4-4-2, with Robbie Brady and George Boyd responsible for stopping the leaders' wing-backs, often forming a back six.

However, Brady's wonderful free-kick from 25 yards out, mid-way through the first-half, pegged back Antonio Conte's side, and showed why the Dubliner was wanted by several clubs in January. The only undecided point in his mind could be the developing rivalry between Willian and Pedro as both have made really good cases for inclusion in the first eleven.

Although Chelsea managed a very comfortable victory over Arsenal, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was called into action a couple of times and it has to be said that the Belgian global made a number of quality saves.

This is what City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool must all try to do: yank Chelsea from their comfort zone and make them question themselves.

  • Julie Sanders