Victor Moses And Nemanja Matic Start - Chelsea Team vs Bournemouth Confirmed
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 17:43
Chelsea answered Tottenham's win with its own by beating Bournemouth 3-1 to restore its seven-point lead in the English Premier League on Saturday.
But Conte told Sky Sport Italia after last night's 2-1 win over Manchester City that he isn't going anywhere.
"Victor Moses showed this season that he is an important player for us, but in the games against Crystal Palace and City we showed that we can play without him".
Kante's pass for the goal - his first Premier League assist for Chelsea - was accurate while the way Hazard ran around Boruc and coolly slotted in was impressive.
Chelsea were aided by Adam Smith's own goal before the outstanding Eden Hazard slid home a second and Marcos Alonso curled home a stunning freekick.
"Tottenham reinforced the team this season with two or three good players, and I think they are stronger than last season".
Sitting on a seven-point lead with seven games left, Chelsea's magic number (a combination of points won by the Blues or dropped by Spurs) is just 15.
Eddie Howe's men took the game to their opponents and nearly hit them on the break in the second minute, Ryan Fraser's cross forcing Thibaut Courtois into action via a wicked deflection off David Luiz.
Moses has played league matches this season and has scored three goals.
Conte says he must decide whether to give him an immediate recall or stick with the side that beat City but I think we'll see Moses come back in while Nemanja Matic is also pushing for a recall.
However, they could have been ten clear had Tottenham not scored three goals in five minutes to secure a comeback victory over Swansea.
Conte said: "Tottenham could win eight games".
However, Heaton's heroics left Boro, who are now without a league win in 14 attempts dating back to December 17, in ever deeper trouble with just seven games remaining.
"I really have to say: we didn't look shaky".
Victory strengthened City's grip on the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot, with Guardiola's men now seven points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal.
First, Chelsea opened the scoring in odd fashion, as Diego Costa completely whiffed on a cross and sent a shot heading well wide of the goal.
Howe added: "You have to get over the line, to finish the job off and that would be the view from our perspective, we still need points ourselves".
The Spanish defender has proven a successful signing for the west London side over the course of the 2016-17 season after Antonio Conte recruited the wing-back from Serie A side Fiorentina last summer.