Chelsea have 'seven finals' to play - Alonso
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 14, 2017,
Apr 14, 2017, 16:08
Premier League leaders Chelsea can not afford to become complacent during the title run-in and must target victories to stay clear at the top, manager Antonio Conte said ahead of his side's trip to Manchester United on Sunday.
Chelsea maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the English Premier League (EPL) with a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth.
Eden Hazard says Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Bournemouth proved the Premier League leaders won't crack under the stress of the title race. "We are in good form, the players have the right confidence and then we want to try to win but in the same way that United will try to win".
"For us it is very important to always control our emotion because we are fighting to win the title and, for sure, this game will be tough, but we are ready to play it".
"I don't see Tottenham are the type of team that can keep winning right until the end so, for me, it's Chelsea's".
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the BBC: "I have to compliment Chelsea, they're an outstanding team and their system works very well for them".
You can feel a bit of the pressure, but it's normal.
Now we are on top of the table.
Antonio Conte revels in Chelsea's showing against Bournemouth, and reveals his secret love of performing under pressure.
The Italian taskmaster insisted he relishes the intense pressure surrounding Chelsea's title tilt - and even admitted he would crank up the heat on his players himself if necessary.
"We have to be ready because in England you never know, you can lose points against every team", he added. "We know what we are playing for, the motivation is 100 percent and we played a good game".
"It's significant now in every game to take three points, including at Old Trafford", Conte said.
"For me it is not about them, it is about us".
"It's just us", he said.
"N'Golo has to improve", said Conte.
"The number of times they change the play, he is out there all the time".
Conte's men also boast the league's second highest goals tally (65) with only Liverpool (68) ahead of them.
Asked on Saturday how much respect he had for Mourinho's past history at Chelsea, Conte simply feinted past what was an open goal to offer some complimentary soundbites.