I don´t smell the title! Conte wants Chelsea focus

The Nigerian was on for 90 minutes before leaving the pitch for Kurt Zouma as Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points after defeating Bournemouth by three goals to one at the Vitality Stadium.

But Marcos Alonso made the game safe with a free-kick. Conte, whose demand for improvement is clearly ceaseless, also stressed that N'Golo Kante's assist for the Hazard goal underlined how even the likely Footballer of the Year can still improve.

Conte said: "This experience is very good for Nathan".

"It's normal that when you play after your opponent that you will see your opponent very close". Lucky because I lived these two situations in both roles, as a manager and as a player. "This season was a lesson for me", said Guardiola, whose side meet struggling Hull at Eastlands on Saturday.

Victory for Antonio Conte's side moved them seven points clear again of second-placed Tottenham with seven games left. "We knew the result of Tottenham before the game and today we deserved to win. We have seven games to play and we are ready for the seven games". And we must have the same desire.

"He is a great player, a great talent and he must understand that he is a great player and never forget this", said Conte.

- Chelsea have conceded in nine consecutive Premier League games in a single season for the first time since the 2011-12 season (nine games between Aug-Oct 2011).

"Tottenham are stronger than last season, it's important we understand this".

'I am happy at Chelsea, I am not necessarily saying that I am happy with my life in London, but that is something completely different.

"In this moment Diego is not scoring but he's totally involved in the team and our football".

"He must continue with his commitment and then I'm sure he'll score".

Chelsea took the lead on 17 minutes, courtesy of a freakish goal which saw Diego Costa's mishit effort deflecting in off the unfortunate Adam Smith. If Harry Arter had not missed the penalty against the Saints though, they would have won their first ever game at St. Mary's.

  • Julie Sanders