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March 23 2018, 01:37 | Van Peters
Crystal Palace celebrate victory over Chelsea
Antonio Conte insists Chelsea will not change their approach despite Saturday's shock 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace narrowing the Blues' lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.
Christian Benteke scored the winning goal after just 11 minutes, having already seen Wilfried Zaha cancel out Cesc Fabregas opening goal with a superb solo strike.
They still have a seven-point lead over second placed Tottenham Hotspur with nine games to go, but Conte feels that Chelsea can not afford to ease up on the intensity. The Blues require 21 points to be certain of the title.
"For sure, for people watching this league, it's a good result", said the Chelsea manager. "So we must recover and rest, and remember that in England there are no easy games", he said.
Benteke got the victor against Chelsea and says that, while confidence is flowing through the Palace team, they know safety is not assured yet.
Crystal Palace are desperate to hang on to their 24-year-old winger whose last two games have produced a couple of wonderful goals.
There was an element of good fortune for Palace, with Andros Townsend lucky not to concede a penalty when Pedro's shot struck his arm after 17 minutes.
But Spurs beat Burnley at Turf Moor, meaning Chelsea's lead stands at just seven points with nine games remaining.
Conte added: "It's very hard to see this situation".
"I think his ability is something that Wilf can look at and try to match". Sometimes players respond better to that and let's hope that's the case. "Yes, it's a pity but today wasn't our day".
"Why do you want to put me in s***?", Hazard hilariously asked, before continuing: "No, I'm very well (happy) here".
'If they still manage to have five, six points [advantage] before the semi-final of the FA Cup, I think it will be done.
Chelsea created many chances for the remainder of the game but couldn't find the net. We showed great belief and desire throughout the game and ultimately got what we deserved. It was an outstanding performance and victory.
"Our plan was one of the keys to why we've won", Allardyce added.