One certainty in EPL title race: 3-man defense wins

David Luiz's comical statements aside, Chelsea have an almighty few weeks of Premier league action coming up with trips to Bournemouth and Manchester United, followed by the visit of Southampton to Stamford Bridge. "We have to get more experience in this, for sure". This is one more than Man City (16) since then, but they have played one more game. In the second half we defended very well, with good balance.

Sergio Aguero's equaliser yesterday - his 15th league goal of the season - looked to have given City the launch pad to increase Chelsea's jitters but Fernandinho's rash tackle on Pedro for a penalty which Hazard scored on the rebound meant Guardiola was outsmarted by Conte for the second time. "Against Crystal Palace, I told you I didn't see a clear handball and penalty for us, and also a red card, because it's very hard to see these type of situations during the game". It's next season that, after a year of learning, we'll see how much Guardiola can cut it in the Premier League.

He continued: "We've had a good week and the players have trained really well so we really want to build on last week's achievement, while also maintaining that momentum and level of performance. Otherwise it will be a good season, but not a great season". To play against City is not easy because they are a top team. "When you face that combination it's very tough".

In what could have been construed as a dig at Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who played with six at the back against Chelsea in the FA Cup last month, Guardiola hailed his team's positivity. "We'll try to win as many as possible".

Since earning three points in their first away game of the season (2-0 at Swansea City), Hull City have won just two points in 14 Premier League away games since (D2 L12).

Is this the moment Antonio Conte found out about Tottenham's late comeback win? The Tottenham result is important but the most important results is ours, we have to continue to think like that.

He added: "A big win for us".

"But now we need to think and focus on the next game". The Cherries held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw at Anfield yesterday; they will be no pushovers.

  • Julie Sanders