Is Antonio Conte the world's best manager?

Antonio Conte's Blues took another huge step to the title using a battling 2-1 triumph over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, keeping a seven-point edge over Tottenham in the peak.

With eight games remaining, it will take an incredible capitulation for Chelsea to be overtaken. "This is the most important thing for us". "We want to now continue that unbeaten run". "Before it was that Tottenham will finish fifth or sixth", the Belgian defender added. At the end of the season we will talk sure but for now I have only one goal.

The surprise 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday might have been the wake-up call Chelsea needed.

Conte was unaware of the episode until afterwards, having already returned to the dressing room following a win which moved his side within 18 points of the Premier League title.

"I don't know if the way we played was attractive, but the most important thing is to win games", said Hazard, English soccer's player of the year in 2015. In the second half we had more balance and didn't give them chances to score.

With Manchester City, Everton, and Liverpool all thought to be interested, it's imperative that Conte fends off the competition to land the young defender this summer, as he is flawless for Chelsea and the system the Italian implements.

Chelsea and Spurs' victories mean the title race looks likely to be between the two, with Tottenham five points clear of Liverpool in third after the Reds' 2-2 draw with Borunemouth.

Pep Guardiola's City, for all their slick inter-play, are now looking anxiously over their shoulders at Arsenal and Manchester United after four games without a win.

Former Spurs player Wayne Routledge put Swansea ahead in the 11th minute and the Welsh team held on until the 88th, when Dele Alli tapped in an equalizer.

"We have character. We can bounce back at anything that comes in front of us". I think he's playing a really good season. "He's making an outstanding job, not only great results - I like the way they play".

Wenger had endured repeated calls for his resignation from frustrated fans in recent weeks, but the protests at the Emirates Stadium were more muted for once as Arsenal ended a three-match winless run with only their second victory in their last seven league games.

  • Julie Sanders