Missing Moses: Chelsea boss admits tough times ahead in Premier League

London [UK]: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that his side's defeat against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday has made the title race "more interesting".

The goal - Zaha's sixth Premier League goal of the season - restored parity for Palace before the forward then set up Christian Benteke for the victor just two minutes later.

Chelsea's lead was cut from 10 points to seven points with nine games left to play after the weekend's results. The Blues require 21 points to be certain of the title.

"I always said that the league finishes when you have the mathematical team who won, otherwise you must fight and play every game to win, because in England there doesn't exist an easy game".

"Every game is very tough against a strong team like Manchester City".

Conte maintained that they were beaten by a team with "strong players, very good players". Crystal Palace equalised through Wilfried Zaha's goal in the 8th minute.

Now after Wilfried Zaha's impressive display against league leaders Chelsea this weekend, and the subsequent interest surrounding the 24 year old, they may be wondering why they ever got rid of him. "We will sit down and talk to him as soon as we're safe and I'm very hopeful of doing so".

"We hope in the future to be better, the decisions". It's a pity, but I think today it wasn't our day.

"Why do you want to put me in s**t?" he asked interviewer Claude Atcheba.

'If they still manage to have five, six points [advantage] before the semi-final of the FA Cup, I think it will be done.

"Saturday for sure was not our day because we created a lot of chances to score a goal and we dominated the game, and when you lose this type of game in your mind you try to answer a lot of questions but it is very hard to find the right one for this result".

Allardyce - who also challenged Zaha to aspire to the level of Hazard - added: "It's an absolutely outstanding victory for us, particularly in the position we're in". Nobody expected it. Our plan was one of the keys to why we've won.

  • Julie Sanders