He's in great form - Conte backs Costa

The Spanish winger looked ragged at times against Arsenal and in Chelsea's Eden Hazard, he would be up against one of the most lethal attacking players in the division. When you win 10, 11 or 12 games in a row, the danger is to be relaxed.

Antonio Conte maintains there is no panic at Chelsea going into their crunch English Premiership soccer clash against Manchester City tonight. "I think it's more natural". Good for me, a fantastic experience. "I'm sure Diego is in good form, great form, and is performing very well".

Aguero incurred a four-match suspension, meaning he has been banned for seven games this season, for his red card in December's 3-1 defeat to the league leaders, when Fernandinho was also dismissed in the ensuing stoppage-time melee.

A win would close the gap to eight points and De Bruyne says City - who won the title in 2012 and 2014 with late charges - will fight to the end.

"It doesn't mean we're going to get the title but are still aiming for the first three spots and if Chelsea make a mistake and we can do something afterwards we will see".

Conte has had plenty of warnings from his own career as a player and manager, and spoke on the eve of tonight's crunch match about how he couldn't sleep for a week when Lazio hauled in his Juventus to win the 1999-2000 title when he was a player.

Kevin De Bruyne has now assisted 13 goals this season for Man City in all competitions, one more than he managed last season.

"Many saw that we spent a lot of time thinking about what Arsenal or Chelsea were talking about in the media".

Tottenham struggled to cope with the wave of enthusiasm behind Claudio Ranieri's 5,000/1-shots and their frustration boiled over, not only against Chelsea, but in a dismal end to the season that included defeats to Southampton and already relegated Newcastle. "In general we'd like to be further up, but how they try and how they play, I'm so satisfied".

But their momentum leading into the global break was still far less than ideal, with just two wins in five matches, and they very much need a big performance on the road against Arsenal to get things headed back in the right direction.

"Every game is completely different so what I like of my teams is to have the courage to play", said Guardiola.

'We always talk about how fast Bellerin is but you have to be faster with your brain than your legs, ' he told Sky Sports.

  • Julie Sanders