Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that any team from the Premier League table’s top six can win the title. With 18 more games left in the domestic season, there is still plenty of time for twists and turns.
Chelsea’s 13-game winning run came to a halt at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. The Blues lost 2-0 to a resilient Spurs team at White Hart Lane.
“We knew that defeat could happen before the game. It is a pity to stop this run, but Tottenham fought last season and they can fight also this year. Don’t forget we lost to a good team. They are one of the six teams who can fight for the title.” Conte said, as reported by BBC.
Chelsea experienced their first defeat since September, last year after two Delli Alli header’s concealed The Blues’ fate. Spurs’ win puts them five point behind Conte’s men in the Premier League table.
Conte has not seen his side drop points since the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, last year. However, the Italian has stressed that his side lost to a good team and must work hard more to win the league at the end of the season.
“My team is at the top of the table because we are working a lot. Last season, we have improved a lot but this league is very tough. Now, it is important to restart.” Conte added, as reported by Mirror.
Antonio Conte Post-Match press conference – Tottenham vs. Chelsea
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Meanwhile, Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has revealed that the hectic festive period is responsible for The Blues’ defeat against Spurs. The center-back also mentioned that his side did not do enough for the win.
“Maybe we’re not robots but at the same time I’m disappointed, because I thought we could have gone to that next level. I felt like we weren’t as sharp, weren’t quite as quick as we’ve been, a few misplaced passes, a few heavy touches.” Cahill said, according to ESPN.
Chelsea host Peterborough next in the third round of FA Cup on Sunday. The Blues will then travel to face defending Premier League champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
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