Antonio Conte: 'Premier League title race is still open'

CESC FABREGAS, referring to Chelsea's ability to protect their seven-point lead, despite the loss to Crystal Palace.

With Chelsea leading fourth-placed City at an edgy Stamford Bridge courtesy of Eden Hazard's first-half brace and Tottenham, who kicked off 15 minutes earlier, trailing 1-0 at Swansea, a decisive swing in Chelsea's favour loomed. I didn't see. It's not important what happened in the tunnel.

"We have shown in the past year or two what we are capable of".

However, despite being within five wins of the title, manager Antonio Conte has been forced to deny speculation in Italy he is set to quit the Blues this summer. "To drop points at this moment would not have been good because you give hope to your opponents".

"Chelsea is looking very strong but we can't stop pushing and dreaming of the league", Vertonghen told the club website.

"He is doing an outstanding job because it was absolutely at the bottom and he makes some great results. When you face that combination it's very tough".

Delph made his first Premier League start of the season while captain Kompany his first since November and third of the campaign.

According to Conte, the substitution for purely tactical, rather than performance-based.

"Tottenham's result is important, but our result is the most important thing", Conte added.

"I feel like we're better now so it is a more interesting year for me as a manager to grow and handle this kind of situation". We have to work harder and better to minimise these kind of things and the way we play, especially in the big games, we were good but not good enough.

"He's an important player and he's growing in his mentality". Only winners write history.

"I worked in Italy; they want to come back for me in Italy". I don't regret that I was not able to know that our problems in the boxes don't solve themselves.

Hull's Abel Hernandez will play a part in the game after being passed fit despite being diagnosed with a dead leg in the midweek win over Middlesbrough. For this reason we need to get 18 points to win the title.

With fate in our own hands, the title is ours to lose.

Their aforementioned figure of 17 points beats Liverpool, who built their own tally up to 15 points with a 2-2 draw against Bournemouth.

  • Julie Sanders