Thierry Henry predicts how soon Chelsea can win the title

Antonio Conte says nothing has changed in Chelsea's bid for Premier League glory despite the Blues suffering a shock 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

While Chelsea still boast a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League title, they remain the favourites for the title in Conte's first season in charge.

Chelsea remains the big favorite to become English champion for a second time in three years but it could really get interesting on Wednesday if Antonio Conte's side slips up again - and there is a good chance as Manchester City is visiting Stamford Bridge.

"Not (just) for us but for a lot of teams".

"You can see that the confidence of the team is high at the moment, we try just to put that on the pitch".

"At the end [of the season] if we deserve to win the title we will be very happy".

"I think today we deserved at least a draw", Conte said in the press conference.

"It is another game, I do not know if it is the ideal team for us", he said.

Asked if City are ideal opponents for Chelsea, he replied: "I think it's another game".

"Every game will be very tough from now until the end, whether the opponent is Man City or a team fighting near the relegation zone". They need 21 points (7 wins) to mathematically clinch the title.

Prior to Palace's visit, Chelsea had not lost in any competition since a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on 4 January.

Allardyce added: "It's an absolutely outstanding victory for us, particularly in the position we're in". It's a pity but it wasn't our day.

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is planning talks about a new contract with winger Wilfried Zaha once the club secure Premier League survival.

The alternative scenario, that fourth-placed City could win and help Tottenham Hotspur close the gap at the top to four points, does not bear thinking about for the Spain global.

But Palace levelled within four minutes when Wilfried Zaha received the ball with his back to go and turned away from his defenders before smashing home - and they were in front when Zaha's fine run saw him feed Christian Benteke, who scooped a brilliant finish over Thibaut Courtois.

"Wilf made a decision to play for the country he was born in".

"We scored our goal after five minutes and then we conceded two in a few minutes".

  • Salvatore Jensen