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January 22 2018, 08:28 | Van Peters
Yet despite overseeing perhaps the biggest shock of the Premier League season, Sam Allardyce, who has breathed new energy into struggling Palace, was still left tipping Chelsea to regain the title they last won in 2015.
Palace remain just four points clear of the bottom three, but Allardyce believes his players are growing in confidence.
Conte praised Crystal Palace for their performance, but was quick to point out that the Chelsea players must move on and focus on the next game against former EPL champions Manchester City. "We will see the game together with positive and negative situations to try to improve".
"It was a really tough game for us, a really hard game to play".
It appears they have cause to be concerned, as the Ivory Coast global is being by a host of top four teams, following his impressive season of six goals and seven assists in the league.
Asked if City are ideal opponents for Chelsea, he replied: "I think it's another game".
In a frantic start, the Ivory Coast winger cancelled out Cesc Fabregas' opener and teed up Christian Benteke for the victor as Chelsea lost at home for the first time since September 16.
Second-place Tottenham Hotspur took advantage by winning 2-0 at Burnley to trim Chelsea's lead to seven points.
Antonio Conte's side had taken the lead through Cesc Fabregas's fifth-minute effort, but the visitors hit back first through the outstanding Zaha, four minutes later, and then Benteke.
Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi scored as the Reds made it 13 straight league games unbeaten against their neighbours and strengthened their chances of a top-four finish. They need 21 points (7 wins) to mathematically clinch the title. "We are fighting for the Premier League".
Tottenham defeated Burnley (2-0) and Liverpool defeated Everton (3-1).
Chelsea's title credentials face another tough examination in Wednesday's clash at home to Manchester City.
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford in action with West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob, Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher.
Leicester City continued their superb recent form as they beat Stoke City 2-0 at the King Power Stadium to move further away from danger.
Hull City came from behind to beat West Ham United 2-1 with Andrea Ranocchia notching the Tigers' 85th-minute clincher, moving them up to 27 points in 18th place while Sunderland are rooted on 20.
"At the end [of the season] if we deserve to win the title we will be very happy".