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Chelsea's Conte enjoying the pressure

January 19 2018, 05:31 | Van Peters

GETTY Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

Chelsea teammates celebrate after scoring a goal against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, on March 13, 2017.

The Italian tactician, who took charge of the Blues last summer, is on the verge of guiding his new employers to the Premier League title; Chelsea are now seven points clear at the top of the table with just eight league games remaining in the season.

Conte said: "This experience is very good for Nathan". If you think you can win a game with only one player, you are in trouble, because if you miss this player then it's impossible to win.

"We must think that Tottenham could win all their games".

"It's not easy to play after Tottenham but I think it's normal in football". It's important for us to check our players and see their improvement.

His scintillating pace and composure in front of the goal makes him the most risky player in Eddie Howe's team by a mile, and the Blues defence will have to be well aware of his abilities. I like the pressure, to live with pressure. "I don't know why someone wants to put this type of situation for me".

'I always enjoy playing, always try to give the best of me.

Conte, however, would not accept that two victories in quick succession after last weekend's surprising defeat by Crystal Palace had guaranteed the title for Chelsea.

Alonso bent a ideal free-kick into Boruc's top-left corner to score his fifth league goal of the season and Boruc denied Moses and Costa efforts to keep the scoreline respectable, as Conte's men moved a step closer to Premier League glory.

"It's important to go game by game. The manager tells us the same - to pick up three points and move on to the next game". "That's the target. We have some hard games but we are ready for everything". We have to go on in this way, game by game and stay concentrated. "It is frustrating not to get a clean sheet, but we defended poorly at set-pieces". "Honestly", Conte added. "We didn't celebrate because the effort was big from the team". "It's important to understand this". But Antonio Conte side maintained focus and were two goals ahead thanks to goals in the 17th and 20th minutes at the Vitality Stadium.

Conte said: "We are a team and not 11 single players. I listen to the other coaches of the other teams, and they trust [themselves] to win - and it's right to have this ambition". "They have a lot of qualities", he said.

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.

Conte claimed this week there is greater pressure on Chelsea than their London rivals to win silverware, and Pochettino has suggested the Blues would have few excuses if they surrendered their lead at this stage. "He showed good commitment and was good for the team".

Of course, Diego Costa looked like he would also be in the frame but he had another disappointing display against Bournemouth as his season fizzles out, his head perhaps turned by the colossal cash offer he received from the Chinese Super League in January.

Spurs are now on good form having won their last five matches and they will need to take advantage of any Chelsea slip ups should they wish to retain hope of a title win.

Dele Alli then scored a superb goal - his 16th of the season in the league - before Eric Dier and Son made it 3-0 before halftime with top-notch finishes.

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