Conte: There is big pressure on Chelsea

"Pedro had a very good game".

Conte added: "It's very hard to see this situation".

"Also, if the team is Manchester City or a side fighting in the relegation zone".

"I think I can't deny it; as a striker as soon as you score you feel more free". To go game by game. Otherwise you must play every game to try to win because, I repeat, in England easy games do not exist.

The Blues could have extended their lead at the top of the table to 13 points had they won and Tottenham lost.

Conte dismissed the suggestion that the title run-in pressure was a factor in the Blues' loss to Sam Allardyce's visitors. "It makes it more interesting".

"The top teams win titles because they're not complacent and they know how to win matches".

Despite four successive victories Palace remain 16th and only four points above the bottom three, and Allardyce is concerned about the prospect of complacency, having regularly experienced his teams' struggle immediately after big wins.

"If we were able keep this position it means that we deserve this". His goal against Chelsea may have been his most significant this season.

It was only a fourth league loss this season for Chelsea, and first since the 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on January 4. T hey were unbeaten in nine league games before the Palace defeat.

It's been rumoured that Spanish giants Real Madrid are interested in signing him this summer, and as you can see in the video below, after Benteke burst out in laughter next to him, the playmaker's response to the reporter was just fantastic.

"But we have to think about the next game". That win laid down a huge marker to the rest of the Premier League but their recent defeat to Palace proves they are not unbeatable. Again, we need to get James back as quick as we possibly can.

A resilient defensive display and numerous fine saves from goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey saw Palace prevail.

The Crystal Palace winger was twice capped in England senior friendlies but opted to switch his allegiance to Ivory Coast - the nation of his birth - in November. "His performances are consistent at the moment and he certainly showed it today with his quality of football in possession".

"To perform like that against the best defence in the league is obviously something that everybody will take notice of".

Benteke added: "We have to keep going". "I don't want to say a win, but at least a draw".

  • Arturo Norris