Bournemouth vs Chelsea Preview: Cherries look to halt Blues' march to title

Chelsea are now preparing for their crunch Premier League clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as they look to take another step towards the title.

LONDON-Cesc Fabregas insists Chelsea won't buckle under the strain of Tottenham's relentless pursuit as the Premier League title race ratchets up another notch this weekend. Buckle up because it looks like it will be a fun and interesting ride down the stretch here.

"The most important thing is on the pitch", Conte said after Chelsea won 3-1 at Bournemouth to stay on track to win the title in the Italian's first season in charge. Actually, more than just thriving on it, he seeks it out when it's not present.

"We've missed you a lot (Moses) and I pray you recover quickly before our match against Man United", he said. Lucky because I lived these two situations in both roles, as a manager and as a player.

As a result, Spurs maintained their unbeaten home record, although Chelsea can regain their seven-point advantage with victory in the evening match at Bournemouth.

"It is a completely different scenario next season and he (Conte) recognises that and has already had a meeting with [Chelsea chief executive] Marina Granovskaia to plan recruitment for the summer", he said.

ICYMI: Antonio Conte's Twitter last week... "Because I think under the pressure, you get the best from yourself".

"You have teams that you know before the game that you can score, or that it's your team", said Hazard.

"In England it doesn't exist, an easy game".

And with this Chelsea team now containing very few weaknesses, no one can dispute that they deserve to be champions, says John Cross.

Chelsea fans have clamoured for Victor Moses' immediate return to action after Antonio Conte's side seemed to have struggled in their two recent games played without the injured Nigerian global.

Fast forward a year and Hazard has 14 league goals and is closing in on a second league title in three years - and Conte believes that resurgence revolves around belief and confidence.

"It's very hard to see this situation". "Probably if it was Chelsea for example the opponent would not have the ball three times in the last 20 minutes, I think". We deserved at least to draw. "The atmosphere has been special in the last two home games and the supporters have been tremendous, so I ask for them to be like that again", via BBC Sport. He took his goal brilliantly - from the first touch that got the ball out of his feet to the bodyswerve to the calm finish despite stumbling - and it capped another match where he was the best and most risky player on the pitch.

  • Julie Sanders